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Relic from history lesson causes precautionary Austintown lockdown

Published: Fri, May 2, 2014 @ 2:11 p.m.


An empty ammunition box from the Vietnam War led to a precautionary lockdown today at Austintown Fitch High School.

The security measure lasted about 20 minutes after it was confirmed that a sophomore student brought the box in to show to his teacher and class, Principal Chris Berni said. The sophomore class is learning about the war.

The student left the box in the lunchroom by accident and police at the school enacted a lockdown until it was ensured it was empty, Berni said.

Berni sent out a call to parents and a district email about the lockdown. It ended at about 12:30 p.m.


1ytownsteelman(663 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Wow what a way to overreact!!! Are people any more so scared that they have to go to extremes when they see anything even remotely related to a gun? Its an ammo box people!

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2Roger_Thornhill(911 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

And if they didn't do anything and some nut was in the school with a gun and had dropped his ammo box you'd be saying how stupid they are for doing nothing. Better safe than sorry.

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3UNCOMMONSENSE(523 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

I agree ytown. Open it up and see if anything is in it. The smarter these people get, the dumber they are.

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4prodgodq(161 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago


Apparently your level of awareness is confined to a small area. In December 2012, a thing happened. I've provided a link: http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/27/justice...

There have been similar things since then.

If I'm in the school's position? Better to be safe than sorry.

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