Toy gun causes lockdown at Clearfield school

Nov 8 2011 - 4:03pm

CLEARFIELD -- One voter joined about 740 students in a 3-minute lock down at Holt Elementary after police were called about a gun in the area.

The gun turned out to be "an obvious toy rifle," said Clearfield Police Chief Greg Krusi.

"We had a bit of a hiccup this morning," said Holt Elementary Principal Chris Wahlquist.

A sole voter inside the school attempting to cast a ballot was told to get under a table and wait for an all clear, said Davis County Clerk/Auditor Steve Rawlings.

Someone called police at 9:33 a.m. Tuesday to report a child with a gun in the school's neighborhood. Police arrived quickly and determined the 9-year-old, mentally challenged boy was just playing with a toy rifle, Krusi said.

The school's DARE officer informed Wahlquist about the child with the gun and "it was my (Wahlquist's) call to do a lock down and make sure everyone was safe," she said.

"But we barely had time to initiate the procedure and then it was over," Wahlquist said.

Wahlquist said the child does not attend Holt Elementary but either lives near the school or was visiting a home near the school.

Rawlings said only one voter showed up in the parking lot during the incident and was told to go to another location to vote.

"We have alternate plans in case something like this happens," Rawlings said.

Rawlings said with the electronic voting system, voters can cast ballots for their precincts at other locations because all the information is on the state's data base.

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