New emergency procedures implemented by the Clay Community Schools Corp. earlier this year had to be used at North Clay Middle School Thursday.
The school went into a "Code Yellow" lockdown at 10:48 a.m. after a BB gun pistol was found in a book bag of a sixth-grade student.
"We discovered the BB gun pistol," North Clay Principal Jeff Allen said. "It was not a dangerous situation, but it was something that needed our attention."
According to a press release provided by the school corporation, a "locker search of the students involved was conducted with the aid of law enforcement. There were no threats or injuries and students involved were suspended."
Allen would not elaborate on how many students were suspended.
The codes are new this year for the corporation.
Allen said he believed a letter was sent to parents recently by the corporation explaining the new procedures.
According to the North Clay website, during a Code Yellow lockdown, the school is to operate under heightened alert status. Buildings will be locked but students will participate in normal classroom activities.
A Code Red, however, is far different. The NCMS website states that during a Code Red, schools are in "total lockdown mode. Students will not be released from school until the Code Red status is lifted. This may extend beyond the regular school day."
"(A Code Red) is the most serious lockdown we have," Allen said. "We continually evaluate our emergency procedures."