|Published:||Mar 13, 2013 9:23 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 13, 2013 5:41 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla.- Officers searched the campus of the Alternative Learning Center yesterday, after a report of a gun on campus.
On Tuesday at 3:45p.m., the Lee County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call at the Alternative Learning Center Campus, located at 3650 Michigan Avenue.
School administrators reported they received information from a student that a gun was on campus. It was reported the student with the small black handgun was involved in a fight in the school gym. Deputies say the student changed his story several times and may have passed the gun to someone else. The school was immediately placed on Code Red Lock Down.
Deputies along with officers from Fort Myers Police Department responded to the scene and secured the premises. Additionally, traffic was diverted from the immediate area.
The school remained on lock down while an extensive search of the area was conducted. After a lengthy search the weapon was not located. School officials decided that for the safety of all students each one would be administratively searched by school administrators in the presence of a law enforcement officer.
Upon completion of the search, all buses were called to the campus and each classroom was released individually with the students boarding their respective buses. All buses with students along with parent pickup and walkers were released simultaneously and without incident
The investigation is on going.
We spoke to a student who attends LAMP, the Lee Adolescent Mothers Program, on the same campus. She says she was terrified during the lock-down Tuesday, and is scared to go back to school.
She says she wants her campus moved somewhere else. "We're attached to a school with kids who are there's for bad reasons. We shouldn't be next to that school with our children and pregnant girls, it's not safe. Ok yea, we're young moms. That's not so bad compared to what they've done and we're actually continuing our education, I think we deserve a place to feel safe and for our children to be safe too," she says.