Police: Former student brings gun on US Grant High School campus, causing lockdown

Parents wait to pick up their students March 8 at US Grant High School after a former student was found with a gun on campus. (KOKH/Anthony West)

One person is in custody after an Oklahoma City school was put on lockdown due to a gun onto campus.

The Oklahoma City Police Department confirms that US Grant went into a lockdown after the firearm was discovered inside a backpack at the school. The 16-year-old student was first noticed by a US Grant High School PE coach Chris Gibson.

"I was just doing my job. I noticed the student hadn't been at school for a few days. Just thought something was off about the way he was acting," Gibson said.

He then contacted a school administrator who confirmed the student wasn't supposed to be at school. Gibson then took the student to the school resource office. At the office, the student, who was wearing a backpack, began emptying his pockets while his backpack was searched. He then ran out of the office and fled the school.

After chasing after the student, school resource officers discovered a gun in the backpack, sparking the lockdown.

Police responded to the school and after over an hour deemed it to be safe. The school moved to a lockout shortly before noon. The school allowed parents to pick up their students.

By 3 p.m. police were able to find the student and take him into custody on two felony warrants.

Nearby schools Van Buren, Coolidge, Fillmore, Rancho Village, Stand Watie and Emerson were briefly placed on lockout as a precaution. OKCPS reports that in a lockout, classes continue as normal but no one is able to enter or exit the building. In a lockdown, students are locked inside classrooms and the building is also locked.

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