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Two suspects in custody, GBAPSD to hold classes virtually after gun found in East High School locker

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)- Green Bay Police have two suspects in custody in connection with the gun found in a Green Bay East High School locker on Monday.

Superintendent Steve Murley said, “A really alert member of the East High School administrative team saw something that didn’t look right and they followed up and unfortunately in that follow up they discovered that there was a weapon on campus.”

School administrators placed the school on lockdown after a student was let into the building through an unsecured door prompting an investigation where officials found the gun.

One GBAPSD parent said she was shaken by the events leading up to the lockdown. Rachel Schmidt said, “I know that the uncertainty and recent threats have infiltrated all kids’ and many parents’ sense of well-being.”

The District and Green Bay Police Department worked on a joint investigation which they say shows there was no intent to harm anyone in the school.

The District announced students in grades 6th through 12th will move to the virtual model on December 21st for the three days leading up to winter break.

“We were concerned with absenteeism, we decided that the best choice for our students to stay on track academically, was to move them into a virtual learning environment,” said Murley.

Grades PreK through fifth will be in person but parents have the option to keep their children at home for virtual asynchronous learning.

Schmidt says that as a parent she felt the communication from the district during the lockdown was unclear.

“I understand the fact that ‘East’ didn’t want to create mass panic today but the texts sent definitely did not paint an accurate picture of what was happening today and to state, no one was at risk of harm? How is that possible? It’s getting to the point in which I’m becoming uncomfortable sending any of my children to school,” said Schmidt.

Extra-curricular activities will still be held for the week for grades 6-12. This includes Aldo Leopold, Red Smith, Leonardo Da Vinci, & Minoka.

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