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'Soft lockdown' at Northwood after knife, toy gun found in student's backpack

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ELYRIA — Northwood Middle School went under a “soft lockdown” Tuesday morning after a student was found with a knife and a toy gun in a backpack.

About 11:40 a.m., the school locked down and sent out a notification to parents, both by phone and Facebook.

Higgins said administrative staff was notified of the student and immediately took them into the office and then called police.

Elyria police Capt. Christopher Costantino said police took the student into custody and then to the juvenile detention center for carrying a concealed weapon and inducing panic.

The school proceeded into a soft lockdown, which meant no one could enter or leave the building, but students’ classes and schedules continued as usual. Higgins said the school determined there was no threat to student safety, which is why the lockdown was only external.

Higgins said the student also will face consequences from the school, but she did not say what those would be.

The lockdown was lifted at 12:01 p.m.

Contact Laina Yost at (440) 329-7121 or lyost@chroniclet.com.
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