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BPD: BB gun found in bathroom at PS 156 Frederick Law Olmsted

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Posted at 1:42 PM, May 31, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-31 18:59:28-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Buffalo police said a BB gun was found in a bathroom at PS 156 Frederick Law Olmsted Tuesday.

According to police, officers responded to the school around 11 a.m. Tuesday for the report of a student who possibly had a gun. The school then went into lockdown as police investigated.

A BB gun was found in a bathroom, police said a seventh-grader allegedly brought it to the school.

School has since resumed and the lockdown has been lifted. According to a 7 News crew at the scene, several parents have picked up their children.

7 News has reached out to the district for comment, a spokesperson released the following statement:

“The Olmsted School #156 went into a brief lockdown, and then a shelter in place today at approximately 10:55 a.m. when a student reported witnessing, what appeared to be, a gun in the possession of a fellow student on school grounds. Buffalo Police responded immediately and swiftly initiated a thorough investigation, identifying the suspected student and the BB gun. At 11:15 a.m., the police lifted the lockdown, and students and staff were able to resume the school day. The District's Code of Conduct will be followed to address disciplinary consequences for the student in question, and counseling and support will be available to all students requesting such support as a result of today's events.

Communication on this incident was shared with the parents and caregivers of Olmsted School #156. The district is extremely grateful to students who spoke up, all BPS staff who followed safety and security protocols, and to the swift and prompt response from the Buffalo Police Department to ensure safety for all in this learning community.”

Security in schools has been a top concern after the recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Texas, on May 25 the Buffalo Public School District announced updated security measures as a result.