COLORADO SPRINGS – Security will be enhanced Thursday at Harrison High School after a handgun magazine with live ammunition in it was found on the floor in a locker hallway inside the school.
Harrison District Two Director of Security John Taylor says a teacher found the ammo at approximately 7:45 a.m. Thursday. “Immediately, she called our security team at the school,” Taylor said. “They responded and retrieved that, but no gun was found.”
Security staff and police combed the entire building, but never located any weapon associated with the ammunition. The school was placed on lockout status during the search. “At that point, we had to check students that were in the school. That meant going through backpacks, as well as just a brief search of their pockets and such,” Taylor said.
Harrison High School Principal Peter Vargas says students and staff will notice added security presence for the remainder of the week. “We may also bring some devices to help us to detect anything coming in,” Vargas said.
Sophomore Jasiem Mitchell said students remained in the same classroom throughout the search for a weapon. “We were ready to go to our 2nd Period class and then we had to stay there. They put us on lockdown,” Mitchell said. “We stayed in our 1st Period class the whole school day. We basically played board games. I played chess.”
“We are still concerned about it,” Taylor said. “The weapon was not found.”