ELMA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Erie County Sheriff's deputies rushed to a school in Elma that went into lockdown Monday.
St. Vincent De Paul Catholic School on Seneca Street went into lockdown for 30 minutes after dismissal when students on the track team saw a young man carrying a rifle near the school. Most students were already headed home.
School officials brought the students back inside, away from the windows, and locked down the school. Deputies found the young man, which turned out to be a 13-year-old boy carrying an air rifle, on his own property next door to the school.
There was never any danger to the school, but principal Lisa Meegan doesn't regret playing it safe.
"Well definitely, we couldn't see what type of rifle or have any information on it. We certainly didn't want to send anyone to find out what it is. We did what was expected of us. We went into lockdown mode and called the sheriff's," she said.
Nancy Schmitz, a parent and volunteer at the school, said, "I think it was a good choice what we did. We locked down. The kids were safe, and the kids are the first priority."
Erie County Sheriff's deputies say the boy wasn't doing anything wrong. After the lockdown was lifted, the school put out a robo-call to all students and parents explaining what happened.
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