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Schools shut amid fear of weapon

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FOUR Westwood-area schools locked the front doors and checked everyone who wanted to come in Monday morning after police were alerted to a possible weapon-bearing man in the area.

The call came to police around 7:30 a.m., but officers who combed the area found nothing, Const. Jason Michalyshen said Tuesday.

The schools did not go into full lockdown, which would have kept students in their classrooms behind locked classroom doors, but they did take special precautions, St. James-Assiniboia School Division superintendent Ron Weston said Tuesday.

"We were advised to monitor the front doors," he said.

Weston said Westwood Collegiate, and Robert Browning, Sansome, and Lincoln schools, all locked their front doors and stationed staff inside the doors. Doors other than the main entrance are normally locked from the outside during school hours.

Students, parents and others were only admitted once the staff had a look at them from behind the locked doors, Weston said.

The three schools for younger children held recess indoors.

Police gave the all-clear at 11:30 a.m. Monday, and schools then went back to normal, Weston said.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 9, 2013 A5

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