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Van Buren Elementary School Shooting Timeline

Friday, October 19, 2007

Thursday, October 18, 2007

12:45 p.m.-- A single gunshot went through two glass window door panes at the Van Buren Elementary School cafeteria door, located on the west side of the school building facing Harmony Road (County Road 200 East). No one was reported injured at first note.

12:47 p.m. -- Clay Community School officials were notified of an incident.

12:51 p.m. -- A panic alarm went off at the school and local law enforcement immediately responded. Clay County Sheriff’s Department Deputies immediately responded to the incident. Harmony Road was shut down.

12:52 p.m. -- CCS Building and Grounds Director Tom Reberger called for all Clay County Schools to go into lockdown mode. Reberger contacted the schools by both phone and e-mail.

12:53 p.m. -- Clay County Sheriff’s Department requests crime scene technician. Indiana State Police Sgt. Jason Fajt is dispatched to the scene.

12:54 p.m. -- All county agencies arrived on scene.

12:55 p.m. -- An all-points bulletin is released regarding suspects and vehicle type. Suspects were considered armed and dangerous.

12:58 p.m. -- Other agencies arrive to the scene, including ISP officers. Van Buren Township Volunteer Fire Department also called out to provide traffic control. Clay Community Corrections also arrive on scene to provide traffic control assistance.

1 p.m. -- Officers are dispatched to all Clay County Schools.

1:05 p.m. -- Media outlets begin arriving to Van Buren Elementary School.

1:15 p.m.-- Parents begin arriving at Van Buren Elementary School to pick up children. The parents were immediately notified by law enforcement that no children were harmed as a result of the incident. Parents also had to sign their children out before the students were allowed off school grounds.

1:30 p.m. -- A tip comes across that a black van is traveling southbound on State Road 59. Law enforcement officials were looking for a black van regarding the incident. Officials are unable to locate the van in question.

1:43 p.m. -- Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton meets with media personnel. Heaton releases information regarding a black van driving by the school at the time of the incident.

2:20 p.m. -- All Van Buren Elementary School students were off school grounds.

2:30 p.m. -- Law enforcement and school officials conducts debriefing with school staffers. Clay County Prosecutor’s office representatives arrive on scene.

2:38 p.m. -- CCSD Canine unit is looking for bullet casings.

2:40 p.m. -- ISP technicians begin cutting out sections of Van Buren Elementary School building.

2:45 p.m. -- CCS Building and Grounds Director Tom Reberger and Transportation Director Frank Misner meet with media personnel.

3:10 p.m. -- ISP officer Joe Watts meets with media personnel.

3:20 p.m.-- Officers attempt to locate metal detectors for the scene due to impending weather.


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Am I reading this right? Did the school call the school officials before they called the police? Did they need to get permission to call the police?

Correct me if I am wrong. Van Buren called within two minutes of the shots fired, but it took four more minutes to contact the police.

-- Posted by motherhen on Sat, Oct 20, 2007, at 3:34 PM

Exactly, why the heck do we have a 9-1-1 system if people aren't going to use it for such circumstances like this. I mean come on. Safety should've been the Van Buren administration's first priority and called 9-1-1 right away. Then, someone could've called the school corporation informing them what was going on...or let 9-1-1 dispatch contact the superintendent.

-- Posted by andypflueger on Sun, Oct 21, 2007, at 8:31 PM

Speaking from someone that knows the person that called 9-1-1 they tried to call them three times and it would not go through so they called Clay Sheriff's office. They could not get 9-1-1 to go through out there so they called the sheriff's office and then the school corporation office.

-- Posted by beautiful978 on Mon, Oct 22, 2007, at 9:47 AM


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