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In Wake of Connecticut School Shooting, LHS Officials Arrest Intruder

Loganville High School police officers arrested a former student Friday after he was found inside the school building without first registering with the front office.

Loganville Police Department confirmed that an intruder was arrested at Loganville High School on Friday after he entered the school without following the correct procedure.

"We did have a male arrested at the high school (on Friday)," said LPD Deputy Chief Dick Lowry "From what I understand, he was a former student who said he was there to get a work permit signed, but went to a classroom and started speaking with a student he knew. The teacher summoned the principal and (School Resource Officer). He was somewhat uncooperative initially but was determined not to be a threat to staff or students."

Lowry said the student was arrested. He said it was likely that the school was on heightened alert as a result of the shooting in Connecticut.

"The tragedy was certainly the topic of the day at all the schools so that may have played some part in it," Lowry said. "But the schools have plans in place for such events and the teacher responded immediately and appropriately. Our SROs take a very proactive stance on all school security issues as well. It certainly helps having two officers at the high school during the day."

Lowry said while the department doesn't anticipate having additional officers stationed at schools at the time, patrol officers will be spending extra time patrolling the campuses.

The mass shooting at the elementary school in Connecticut Friday has sent shock waves through the country with school systems taking a hard look at security procedures. The Gwinnett County Police Department announced Friday that it would be conducting increased police patrols in and around the schools within Gwinnett County.

"These increased patrols will be a joint effort with the Gwinnett County School Police and Uniformed Officers with the Gwinnett County Police Department," Public Information Officer Cpl. Edwin Ritter said Friday in a press release. "Officers will be assigned to every school within Gwinnett County Police Jurisdiction and these patrols will last for the next several days."

Officials with Gwinnett County said there were concerns about the possibility of a "copy cat" or similar type incident occurring within Gwinnett County.

Sherry Lambert December 16, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I was at LHS most of day Friday volunteering; and also ran over to LMS for awards luncheon Ftiday. I have to agree that the schools are doing a great job protecting our children. I have a volunteer badge and always sign in and out at the front desk. Rules are in place for a reason, the CT situation is a prime example. Unfortunately things do happen in our world today but LHS and LMS along with their SROs are doing a great job to lessen the chances of an incident here.
Tammy Osier December 16, 2012 at 07:35 PM
People say they feel helpless in light of this tragedy, and ask what they can do. I would encourage everyone with children, ES, MS or HS, Walton or Gwinnett, to inquire in their schools as to what security measures they have in place, how many SRO's (if any) and ask questions. LHS has two SRO's and the school isn't as big as some that have less. These are good questions and if not satisfied with the answers, find out what you can do to change things, then get to work and be proactive in your own neck of the woods.
Sherry Lambert December 16, 2012 at 09:14 PM
They do NOT need to take away the two SROs at the high school or the one SRO at the middle school. Their presence alone must detour some behavior plus if an incident should happen the response time should be very minimal.These three men do a great service to each and every child at these schools. Also parents need to talk to and know your children; be involved and let them know the rules and consequences. These children are the future of our country!
Tammy Osier December 16, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Mrs. Lambert, I don't think you have anything to worry about in Walton County. We have no idea how blessed we are to have people who make wise decisions with the best interest of the students and their families in mind. Each county has its own criteria in how they allocate their monies and not all follow our lead. Thank God we have what we have here. That's why our schools and programs here work as well as they do.
Tammy Osier December 17, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Sherry Lambert, I know and have worked with all of these fine Officers and you are right, they are dedicated to our kids and they are THE BEST. :)


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