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Modified lockdown remains as search for teen continues

By Bayne Hughes 340-2432

SOMERVILLE — Sparkman School enters its fourth day under a modified lockdown as authorities continue looking for a runaway who allegedly made threats toward the school.

Principal Ronnie Moore said the modified lockdown will continue until police tell him that he can relax the safety measures he implemented Monday morning.

A 14-year-old seventh-grader allegedly made the threats Friday night before taking his father's .45 caliber handgun and getting into a car with a male and two female friends.

Moore then put the school in a modified lockdown. He is locking the front doors so staff can control who enters or leaves the building.

Teachers keep all classroom doors locked, and classes continue as planned. Students aren't allowed into the halls without adult supervision, and physical education is limited to watching movies.

Authorities believe the boy is hiding in Huntsville with friends who hid him during a previous four-week disappearance.

Some Sparkman parents are taking safety measures of their own, keeping children home until the situation ends. Moore said about 50 students missed Tuesday, and that number rose to 75 on Wednesday.

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