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KCK high school lockdown sparked by laser pointer

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No students were evacuated from the school, which is located at 2501 Minnesota Ave. No students were evacuated from the school, which is located at 2501 Minnesota Ave.
The laser pointer that prompted a lockdown at Wyandotte High School Thursday morning. The laser pointer that prompted a lockdown at Wyandotte High School Thursday morning.
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

A laser pointer prompted a lockdown at Wyandotte High School Thursday morning.

It started off as a scary situation for the students when they were ordered to bunker down in classrooms, shut off the lights and lock all doors after a student reported seeing another student pointing a handgun.

"A friend texted me saying someone was inside with three guns," senior Gabrielle Harris said.

The high school was placed on lockdown about 8:30 a.m. for about an hour, as teens sheltered in place while Kansas City, KS, police swept through the building. Students arriving to school for later classes were held back across the street.

After investigating, police found the reported gun was a laser pointer. A student was using it as part of a class project. The laser gun was said to measure energy use in the building.

"If you see that from a distance it's not really clear what it is," said David Smith, a spokesperson for Kansas City, KS, Public Schools.

Parents that heard of the incident through text messages from scared students gathered at the school, fearing the worst.

"It's not anything major, thank God. We can rest better," Tamika Pledger said.

After learning that, parents were able to breathe a sigh of relief.

"I immediately freaked out, ran up here, and I saw this and was like,' 'is it as bad as it is, or not as bad or in preparation?' But I saw that it was basically in preparation just in case," Pledger said.

Pledger called her sister, who had received a text from her son about the lockdown, to let her know everything was OK.

School officials say the lockdown went smoothly. They are pleased to see students are on high alert and reporting their concerns.

"That's what you want to have happen. You don't want to find out that someone saw it and didn't say anything because they weren't sure," Smith said.

No student is being punished because of the incident. The student who was using the laser pointer was talked to and released back to class.

The school district said it will have a counselor talk with the student who reported the incident to see if they are OK.

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