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School Lock Down Prompted by Toy Guns

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LAUREL, De. - At the Laurel Intermediate and Middle School, the district called for a lockdown Tuesday afternoon, and it all was due to a toy gun. A teacher saw two young men holding toy pistols, and called police, prompting the lockdown just before 3:00pm. 


Laurel police said that many toy guns are becoming more realistic, which is creating new challenges for both teachers and police officers. It's this concern that lead Superintendent John Ewald to urge his teachers to call police at all suspicions, no matter how big or small the risk. 


"If there's a legitimate threat to that safety," he said. "We want to take all precautions. And I rather have our schools locked down and secure as opposed to have a mistake and have something go unobserved or un-dealt with." 


Laurel police identified one of the suspects, but then released him to his family. As for the second suspect, police continue to investigate, although they said they are close to identifying him as well. Possession of a fake gun is prohibited in school zones. 


Neighbor Lil Rubino said that the lockdown is a scary reminder that school shootings could happen anywhere. 


"It's happened so many other places," she said. "And I'm sure those people at one point or another said this can't happen in our little town. It can happen anywhere."

Another neighbor, Alonzo Sheppard has a step-son studying in the school, and said the growing popularity of these realistic toy guns are problematic. 

"The challenges are getting much, much harder..." he said. "Even when I was growing up, I used to do the same thing. Like big green guns with orange pieces and stuff like that. But it is getting tough."

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