SANBORN – The Niagara Wheatfield High School/Middle School complex was put on lockout for more than two hours Thursday afternoon after a student found shell casings scattered on the hood of his car, School Superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich said.
He said there were no reports of shots fired and no one was in any danger.
As a precautionary measure the Lewiston Police Department was called to the scene at about 2:40 p.m. and K-9 units from Lewiston and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department searched the area.
Most of the students had left the school at 2:10 p.m., but staff and students who were still at the school for after-school activities remained in the building during the search. Ljiljanich said everyone was allowed to leave before 5 p.m.
Ljiljanich said because it was a lockout, not a lockdown, students and staff in the school went about their business as usual, but the doors were locked.
If it had been a lockdown, all the students would have had to shelter in place, he said.
Ljiljanich said that due to the search, the ninth-grade orientation scheduled for Thursday evening was canceled and will be rescheduled.
The high school and middle school are connected and the extensive search continued after all the students were dismissed, he said.