GREEN BAY – Green Bay police say two people are in custody following reports of a person with a gun at Green Bay East High School Monday morning.
“At this time, no one is in harm’s way. We believe the public safe, from this incident, exclusively,” said Green Bay Police Department Lt. Chad Ramos.
No one was injured in the incident, but Ramos says a pellet gun was found in the school.
District officials say there were about 200 students in the school, when reports of a gun – and squad cars – started flooding in at about 9 a.m. Monday.
”I’m worried. My child is in there. I don’t know what’s going on,” said Yuri Sanchez, as she stood across the street from the high school.
Sanchez’s 12-year-old daughter Anna was in gym class at the time police started showing up, but Sanchez didn’t know if her daughter was okay.
“There’s lots of cops. I don’t know what’s going on,” said Sanchez.
“Saw a bunch of (squad cars) coming down, so of course we came running out of the house,” said Tina Mattern, who lives a couple houses down from the school.
“As they were pulling in and more (police officers) were coming, they all came out with their guns.”
Mattern says police were peering into windows of the school.
“And then there was kids coming out of the, what would be the cafeteria area with their hands up.”
As more officers showed up, some carrying rifles and bullet proof vests, students of various ages began streaming out of the school in groups.
“Students are currently being released, classroom by classroom,” said Green Bay Area Public School District spokeswoman Lori Blakeslee. “They will be sent over to Washington Middle School.”
Blakeslee says all of the roughly 200 students sent to the middle school have since been reunited with their families. The district says classes will resume Tuesday.
Ramos wouldn’t take any questions from the media, but says officers quickly set up a perimeter around the school.
”After they arrived, a short time later, two individuals were taken into custody that we believe are the individuals involved in this incident,” said Ramos. “A subsequent search of the school also revealed a pellet gun – and we believe that’s the gun that was used in this incident.”
Ramos says a secondary search of the school didn’t turn up any additional evidence.
As for Sanchez and her daughter, both say they’re doing fine.