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Police: Hunters wander onto Black River school property


SULLIVAN TWP. — Black River school buildings were locked down for about an hour Friday after two rabbit hunters were spotted on the property at about 12:30 p.m.

Superintendent Janice Wyckoff said deputies from the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office apprehended the hunters without incident, although not before one of them discharged a gun on the school’s campus.

Wyckoff said the “perimeter lockdown” shut down all exterior exits until the hunters were off school property, but “maintained normalcy within the building.”

“They weren’t necessarily close to the buildings where the kids (were),” Wyckoff said. “They were closer to the board of education office and the football field.”

She said the hunters had permission from a local farmer to hunt on nearby land and accidentally wandered onto school property, where they shot and killed a rabbit. She added the men were wearing bright orange hunting vests.

Sheriff’s deputies confiscated the hunters’ guns and knives, Wyckoff said.

According to a school statement, charges are pending through the sheriff’s office.

No one from the sheriff’s office was able to speak about the incident Friday afternoon, an Ashland County dispatcher said.

An emergency alert was sent to parents, Wyckoff said, and a statement about the incident was posted on the school’s website.

Wyckoff said the sheriff’s office’s response was “quick and appropriate.”

“I’m just glad no one was hurt and everything was handled professionally,” she said.

Contact Jennifer Pignolet at (330) 721-4063 or

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