UPDATE: Classes canceled at Sparta Schools after report of missing handgun

School has now been canceled Tuesday for Sparta Schools because of reports of a missing handgun that may be in possession of a student.

Here is the latest from the district’s Facebook page:

At approximately 2:45 p.m. today, Sparta High School went into a secure perimeter and classroom hold. These procedures were enacted as precautionary measures in response to a potential safety concern. Shortly before the secure perimeter and classroom hold were called, high school administrators received information about a missing handgun that was potentially in the possession of a student. While this information was unconfirmed, we perceived it to be a credible safety concern and treated it as such. This student was not present in any of our school buildings today. The student’s whereabouts were and continue to be unknown. As a precautionary measure, we canceled evening activities throughout the district and cleared all campuses. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to ascertain the accuracy of the allegations and the exact nature of the safety concern. In order to ensure we are moving forward in a safe manner , we will not be holding school tomorrow, December 3rd . Neither students nor staff should report to school. No athletic practices or other activities will be held in the district tomorrow. We will share more information tomorrow as soon as we are able. Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we work through this issue with law enforcement. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority.

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Evening activities were canceled in Sparta Monday.

The Sparta Area School District posted on its Facebook page that it was made aware of a situation that needed to be addressed by law enforcement.

As a precaution, the district canceled evening activities.

The post says Sparta High School was on a secure the perimeter for the last 20 minutes or so of the day.

Students and staff were told to leave the school grounds immediately after school.

Parents and guardians were asked to pick up their students as soon as possible.

No other information is being released at this time.

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