Solon police continue their investigation this week stemming from a lockdown of Solon High School on Sept. 30.

The school building was locked down for the majority of the day after discovery of a bullet in a gym locker earlier that morning, according to police reports.

Ultimately no weapons were found in the building, according to reports.

Police arrived at school at about 10:20 a.m. that day, after receiving a report of the bullet in a gym locker in a shared locker room. Also, a student reported to the school staff that there was a rumor going around that there may be a gun on school grounds, Lt. Bill Vajdich said.

Police and Solon High School staff coordinated a response to deal with the security risk, Lt. Vajdich continued. A limited lockdown procedure was conducted so that students remained in their classrooms with their teachers while a search of student backpacks, lockers and other common areas of the school was completed.

Entry and exit from the building were controlled and no weapon was found, police said.

Lt. Vajdich said the Solon police had approximately 23 officers respond for assistance. Explosive detection canine teams trained to detect weapons were on the scene, Lt. Vajdich said. K9 teams from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and their support staff, Kent State University Police and Cleveland State University were among the mutual aid responders.

The Chagrin Valley Dispatch Enforcement Group drone team also responded to conduct an exterior search, police said.

The lockdown, which began at about 10:30 a.m., was lifted well before 2:55 p.m., which was the regular school dismissal time, officials said.

Attempts were made to escort students from their classrooms to the cafeteria to receive lunch during the search, police said. Inwood Road where the high school is located was closed to traffic during the search.

Police said the case remains under investigation this week.

The Solon Schools released a statement to families that day.

“Every decision made today was to assure the safety of students and staff in the building, including the timing of messages,” the statement read. “We are committed to providing information to families and the community as it becomes available and, most importantly, when it is safe to do so. These decisions are made in collaboration with law enforcement.”

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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