Lockout at Harrison High after staff finds live ammunition magazine

No one was in danger, but Harrison High School students were on a lockout Wednesday morning after staff found a magazine with live ammunition. It happened shortly before 8 a.m. and district staff and Colorado Springs police immediately investigated the discovery, according to a letter sent to parents.

A lockout is called when there is a threat or hazard outside of the school building, and staff work to secure the perimeter, according to the district’s standards response protocol. Students are allowed inside the building and teachers and staff account for the students with roll. Although situational awareness is heightened, academic business proceeds as usual, according to the district information.

Students and staff were searched and officials conducted a thorough search of the campus, but no weapon was found. The letter emphasized that there was no immediate risk to the safety of students or staff members.

The school released at 1 p.m. and will remain on a regular schedule Thursday, but security will be stepped up for the remainder of the week, the letter said.

The district also asked family members to talk to their children about the incident.

“Please discuss this incident with your student and emphasize that it is against the law to bring weapons of any type to school,” the district wrote. “Also, please emphasize the importance of telling you or a staff member if there is a weapon at school. In his way, we are all working together to keep our school safe.”

A press conference is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.