GALLIPOLIS, Ohio – As a precautionary measure, Gallia Academy Middle School and Washington Elementary were on lock down briefly Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

“Safety is our number one concern,” Roger Mace Gallipolis City School District Superintendent told the Gallia Hometown Herald.

He said the district’s Safety Director, Troy Johnson, chose to err on the side of caution and place the two buildings on lock down after a report came in about a man in the area with a gun. According to Mace, Gallipolis Police Department received a call about a man walking down Third/Fourth Avenue with a firearm.

Law enforcement investigated the alleged incident. No weapon was found and the call unsubstantiated. Apparently, a construction worker dropped something out of a bucket. The tool may have resembled a firearm. Again, no weapon or foundation for the claim were discovered other than the construction worker according to Mace.

Mace stressed the district takes the safety of the students very seriously. He said they do not always send out notifications concerning lock downs, such as the one today. It was precautionary, but Mace said in the event of a real crisis, parents would be notified via an automated system.