Parents dropping off their children were turned away from a Cobb County elementary school Tuesday morning after witnesses reported seeing a man near the school with a gun, according to Channel 2 Action News.
Teasley Elementary School, which is also a polling place, was under a brief lockdown while authorities investigated, Cobb police confirmed to the news station. The reported weapon turned out to be a cellphone holster, according to officials with the school district.
Glad to hear this update and see how the response works to initial, serious calls. @wsbtv https://t.co/dxGMwA39eV— Nicole Carr (@NicoleCarrWSB) December 4, 2018
Police confirmed to the news station that officers spoke with a man after witnesses said he was walking near the school with what looked like a gun. Parents arriving to the school with their students about 8 a.m. were forced to turn around.
Per my assignment desk, man reported w gun walking towards Teasley Elementary (also voting precinct) Cobb pD has man, but no one can get into the school .This is the parent drop off line minutes ago as parents made u-turns, spread lockdown msg @wsbtv @CobbSchools @ChrisJoseWSB pic.twitter.com/cjCC8OZry6— Nicole Carr (@NicoleCarrWSB) December 4, 2018
The school sent an alert to parents at 8:15 a.m. that the lockdown was lifted and the school day would proceed as normal.
“Out of an abundance of caution our school was placed on lockdown early this morning,” school officials said in the alert. “Administrators had been given reports of a possible danger in a nearby neighborhood that proved to be false. All students and staff are safe and the school day is proceeding as normal.”
NEW: This is e-mail/text Teasley parents just received re: this morning’s incident @wsbtv @CobbSchools @ChrisJoseWSB pic.twitter.com/CiY9mYbDuk— Nicole Carr (@NicoleCarrWSB) December 4, 2018
Though voting continued during the first 10 minutes of the lockdown, the county elections chief filed and was granted a petition to keep the school open an extra 20 minutes Tuesday night. Instead of closing at 7 p.m., the polling location at Teasley will close at 7:20 p.m. to give voters time to cast their ballot in the Georgia runoff election.
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“We can't determine if anyone may have left the poll during that period when they saw what was happening,” Janine Eveler, head of Cobb elections, said.
The polling place is designated as Vinings 02, and it covers a swath of the Vinings and Cumberland areas.
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