No Weapons Found After Police Search Buses at Armstrong, Cooper High Schools
Police found no weapons or credible threats to students after searching buses at Armstrong and Cooper high schools Tuesday morning.
In both cases, law enforcement believed an individual in possession of a firearm may have boarded a school bus.
Students at Armstrong High School in Plymouth were ordered to shelter in place during the incident.
Students had not yet entered Cooper High School, so no shelter-in-place order was issued for the New Hope high school, according to Toya Stewart Downey, Robbinsdale Schools executive director of strategic communications, equity and inclusion.
Law Enforcement Search Buses
Police sent alerts to school staff members that someone with firearm may have boarded school buses between 8:30 a.m. and 8:40 a.m.
“[At Armstrong] we quickly identified the bus involved in the report, reviewed video footage and interviewed the bus driver,” wrote Armstrong Principal Eric Norby in a letter to district families. “We confirmed all students aboard the bus were Armstrong students. At the same time, Plymouth police and Armstrong staff swept the school and found nothing out of the ordinary.”
After no weapons were found, the shelter-in-place order was lifted at 10:15 a.m.
Students then reported to their third-period classes.
A similar situation occurred at Cooper High School, where law enforcement believed two individuals with a firearm may have boarded a bus.
Police isolated the bus from others in the parking lot for screening.
“All students were lightly patted down and their backpacks were searched,” wrote Cooper High School Interim Principal Shaunece Smith. “The bus was also searched by a police K9 team. No weapons were found, and all students aboard the bus were allowed to enter and attend school.”
The school day followed as normally scheduled.
Both principals noted that state data privacy laws kept them from sharing additional information about the incident.
At both schools, social workers and psychologists were available to talk with students and staff.
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