UPDATE: Druid Hills High School student arrested after carrying weapon on campus – Decaturish

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Atlanta, Georgia— A Druid Hills High School student was arrested Thursday afternoon and will face charges of aggravated assault and carrying a weapon in a school safe zone, DCSD Police Chief Bradley Gober said. , during a press conference.

Druid Hills High was placed under a Tier 2 lockdown on May 5.

The student’s motive is currently unknown. No weapon discharges or injuries were reported.

After the press conference, DeKalb County School District spokesperson Donald Porter released a statement saying, “Chief Brad Gober announced that the weapon a student allegedly brought to the Druid Hills campus High School, causing a lockdown this morning, was recovered and secured by the DeKalb County School District Police. It was located around 4:30 p.m. in a wooded area near the North DeKalb Mall.

Gober said it was just a single student who led officers to the location of the weapon after being apprehended, according to Porter.

It is not known if another student was involved in the incident.

At approximately 12:10 p.m., the lockdown at Druid Hills High was lifted and regular school activities resumed. The incident is under investigation, according to Porter.

“The lockdown was not the result of an active situation,” he said. “Officers from the DeKalb County School District Police Department and the DeKalb County Police Department were on scene throughout the lockdown.”

“The lockdown was lifted after a complete sweep of the school, and the student was not located on campus,” Porter added. “Additionally, there has been an increased police presence through layoffs as an enhanced security measure.”

Gober said that around 10:30 a.m., students from Druid Hills High went to the principal’s office to inform him that they believed another student in the class had a weapon, at which time the principal informed the principal. school resource officer and the prosecution administrative team.

“They immediately followed DeKalb County schools protocols and closed the school,” Gober said. “They did a level two lockdown and went looking for the suspected student. At that time, other school resource officers from surrounding schools were on their way to the school. They arrived at the school and did a search. They went from class to class looking for the student who allegedly had the gun. Once they cleared the building, they heard the student might be in the area, either the edge of the woods or the park. DeKalb County Police and Emory University Police assisted us in this search.

Police searched the school grounds this morning and could not find the student. The student was found on the Emory University campus and arrested by Emory police shortly before the press conference, which began at 4 p.m.

News of the lockdown followed an early announcement from Emory University that an “active shooter” was on the university’s campus. The high school is near Emory. The university later updated the post to say there were no active shooters on campus.

Emory University has given its college community the green light, the university tweeted.

“Emory Alert: A green light has been issued for Emory University,” the tweet said, after telling staff and students to shelter in place for about two hours after DHHS lifted its lockdown.

According to a source who emailed Decaturish, DHHS was under a Level 2 lockdown. Students were locked in their classrooms and police were scouring classrooms looking for someone. The source noted that the building’s HVAC was not working.

“The campus is wide open, with several exterior doors that lack working locks and several non-working cameras,” the source said in the email.

Principal Mark Joyner also sent a notification to parents regarding the situation, saying the school was “under a Level 2 lockdown due to a report that an unauthorized person was seen on campus,” a- she writes.

The DeKalb Schools Department of Public Safety helped ensure that everyone on campus was cleared to be there, Joyner wrote.

Editor Dan Whisenhunt contributed to this article.

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Martha K. Merrill