School in Lee’s Summit placed on lockdown May 8

tporter@lsjournal.comMay 10, 2013 

  • 20 The number of minutes Chapel Lakes Elementary School, a Blue Springs School District school located in Lee’s Summit, was locked down after reports of juveniles on campus with a gun. Three juveniles were later detained and the weapon was determined to be a BB gun.

An elementary school within the city limits of Lee’s Summit was placed on lockdown for about 20 minutes May 8 after juveniles were spotted in the area with a BB gun.

According to the Lee’s Summit Police Department, Chapel Lakes Elementary, a Blue Springs School District school located in the 3700 Block of N.E. Independence Avenue in Lee’s Summit, was placed on lockdown at about 4 p.m., which is close to dismissal time for the school.

School officials there placed the campus on lockdown after being informed that a person was seen on the campus with a gun and that the person had tucked the gun into their waistband.

Officers responded to the scene and located the suspects, a juvenile female and two juvenile males, according to Lee’s Summit Police. The gun in question was located and determined to be a BB gun. 

All three juveniles were taken into custody and transported to police headquarters and later released to their parents. Charges are pending upon review by juvenile authorities. 

The school was removed from lockdown status once the suspects were located, Lee’s Summit Police Sgt. Chris Depue said in an email. Dismissal was delayed for about 20 minutes while police investigated.

“I know that we are investigating the situation,” said Cara Anger, spokeswoman for the Blue Springs School District. “I don’t believe there has been a ruling on (discipline) yet. We followed our protocol and procedures and felt like the cooperation of the bus drivers and the community and the police all worked together to follow the correct protocol.”

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