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Several North Lamar ISD campus’ went into lockout procedure late Thursday morning after the Paris Police Department received a call reporting a man with a weapon near a nursing home that’s near a school campus.

North Lamar Interim Superintendent Kelli Stewart said the North Lamar ISD Police Department determined the report was unfounded, and the lockout was lifted.

Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley confirmed the 10:46 a.m. report, saying “after we received a call there was an alleged man with a gun at a nursing home near one of the elementary schools, we notified North Lamar immediately. Officers were then dispatched to the area.”

When officers were unable to establish a credible threat, the schools were again notified, Hundley said, adding the report remains under investigation.

“Safety is our number one concern. Our school police officers and the Paris PD responded quickly, and we are thankful for them,” Stewart said.

Confusion spread

quickly once reports were made on social media about a possible “gunman” near an elementary school that caused the schools to lockdown. There was never a lockdown, North Lamar officials said.

According to the Texas School Safety Center website, there is a difference between a lockdown and a lockout. A lockout is used when a potential threat is outside the school, and it can be mitigated by bringing everyone inside. A lockdown occurs when there is an active or imminent threat inside or nearby and immediate protective action is required. It’s followed by the “Locks, Lights, Out of Sight” directive, requiring the locking of classroom doors, turning out the lights, and remaining quiet and out of sight until first responders arrive.

Erin Jusseaume is a staff writer for The Paris News. She can be reached at 903-785-8744 or erin.jusseaume@theparisnews.com.

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