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Lockdown at Harding MS, Weapon Search at Metro HS

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Tuesday morning, parents of students at Harding Middle School in Cedar Rapids were notified of a lockdown that lasted approximately one hour.  It started around 7:45am Tuesday when school officials were made aware of a security and safety issue involving the family of a Harding student.
   In a statement from Principal Linda Reysack, the school contacted law enforcement and went into a partial lockdown, meaning the building was secured and the students and staff remained inside.
   About an hour later, officials say the situation was resolved and the partial lockdown was lifted.  Principal Reysack says at no time were the students in any danger and stresses that safety and security of students and staff are their top priority.

Also on Tuesday, a student reportedly told officials a weapon may be on school grounds at Metro High School.  Authorities conducted a search but found no weapon.  Cedar Rapids Police say unlike the situation at Harding, the doors were not locked at the high school, but district officials say students and faculty remained in their classrooms.

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