CHAMPAIGN - It was a message no parent or school principal wants to hear, that a student brought a handgun inside the building. That's exactly what happened at Central High School in Champaign. The weapon turned out to be an airsoft gun.
Police questioned two students about the weapon. The airsoft gun was found in a second floor classroom. Police were then led to the gazebo in Central park. That's where they found pellets for the airsoft gun.
CHAMPAIGN -- Police were searching for a weapon witnesses say a student carried into school. The gun scare happened at Central High School about 12:30 pm. The building went into full lock-down.
A 16-year old male student was taken into custody. The weapon, a pellet gun, was found on the building's second floor.
Dozens of upperclassmen were in the middle of off-campus lunch when the lock-down started. They weren't allowed back inside. Nobody was allowed to leave the building until it was all clear.
Parents pulling up to the school were confused about what was going on. It started with a soft lock-down, but district leaders say it became a hard lock-down. That means no one is allowed in or out of the building, and no one can leave classrooms.
Students who were already outside the building for off-campus lunch were allowed to go home. The school then started dismissing students from inside the building one classroom at a time about 2:30 pm.
CHAMPAIGN -- Central High School is on lock down. Police responded to reports of a student with a gun. A 16 year old student is now in custody. Officials say one student reported seeing another student with a gun in his backpack. Police are still searching for the alleged weapon. They're also questioning another student who may have been in contact with the backpack said to be carrying the weapon. Police say students are safe at this time. Those who left the school for lunch are not being allowed back in the building.
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