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Gordon locked down; officers find saxophone, but no threat
KINGSTON — Gordon Elementary School was briefly locked down Friday. And while there turned out to be no threat, Superintendent Patty Page said staff and students did a great job.
About 2:30 p.m., a parent reported to the office staff he or she saw a man sitting in a car at the end of the school's driveway, possibly with a gun in the car. The school immediately went into lockdown and called 9-1-1, Page said.
Page said Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies arrived quickly and found no gun in the car. The man allowed his car to be searched, and officers found a saxophone and other musical instruments. His band members showed up at the scene soon after the officers.
Page said the school was on lockdown for about 10-15 minutes.
"The staff were amazing, the kids were great," Page said. "I was in the gym with a few of the classes that just had come off recess … The students didn't appear worried, [staff] just said [to them] something we heard, and [the school] went into lockdown as a precaution."
Page said the students played and asked a few questions, and returned to their normal class schedules until normal release at 3:45 p.m.
At 3:37 p.m., Gordon Principal Rachel Osborn emailed a letter to parents explaining what had happened.
“Two parents reported a suspicious person in a vehicle at the bottom of the driveway to the school,” she wrote. “The police responded quickly and determined that there was not a threat.The lock down was ended and students returned to their regular activities.
“All staff and students did a great job during the lock down and everyone is fine. Thank you for everything you do to care about our kids and keep them safe.