City schools go into partial lockdown

By Dean Wright -

GALLIPOLIS — Washington Elementary School and Gallia Academy Middle School both went into a partial lockdown mode Wednesday because of an anonymous tip Gallipolis police received regarding suspicious activity.

According to Gallipolis Police Chief Jeff Boyer, the call came in around 11 a.m. stating an individual had supposedly been seen with a long gun and a scope, wearing all black, walking from the 700 block of Third Avenue and into a backyard on Fourth Avenue. Police communicated this information to Gallipolis City School officials.

Normally, Boyer said, when an individual is reported as having a gun, several calls will come in. As the tip was anonymous, police investigated the reported incident but have found nothing at this time.

According to Gallipolis City School Transportation and Safety Director Troy Johnson, facilities went into a partial lockdown in which all exterior doors were locked. Students were also to be kept inside for recess “just to be safe.”

The school was not kept on partial lockdown for the entire day.

Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright