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UPDATE: J.C. Magill and Grace Snell Middle Lockdown Lifted

UPDATE: Lockdown lifted - buses are running late. Lockdown was precautionary due to police activity.

UPDATE: 4:50 per Gwinnett County PD PIO Jake Smith.

There was a report of gunfire near the school.  Officers are still investigating, but it seems to have been teenagers with fireworks.  If that changes, I’ll issue a statement.

UPDATE: From Gwinnett County Public Schools spokesman Jorge Quintana

The school went into lockdown earlier this afternoon shortly before 3:20 p.m. as a precaution due to police activity outside of the school. The lockdown was lifted at aropund 4:15 p.m. This means that students will be coming home a little later than usual this evening as buses were delayed. The delay also affects some students from Grace Snell MS as use the same school buses for both schools. 


Quintana asked that parents be advised that the school buses from J.C. Magill Elementary and Grace Snell Middle schools in Loganville are running late.

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According to the AJC, J.C. Magill Elementary and Grace Snell Middle, both in Loganville, are on lockdown

Gun shots were reported in the area, and teachers and children reported seeing a "strange man" in the woods. 

As of 4:15 p.m., children were not being allowed to go home. 

Snellville and Loganville-Grayson Patch will update you as more information is made available. 

Robin Payne January 09, 2013 at 10:06 PM
My son, Anthony was at Grace Snell Middle School, next door to McGill. They were on lock down too. There was a man seen by teachers and students, in the woods behind the school. They heard gunshots and both schools were locked down to protect the students. Anthony usually gets home at 4:20, today he got home at 5:00. As a parent, I am really concerned about this. Please say prayers for the kids safety.
Amy Darby January 09, 2013 at 10:10 PM
When did they build a new middle school?
David Brown January 09, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Wow Robin. While running errands this morning, I felt anew that I needed to pray for each school I drove past. I prayed for Britt Elementary, South Gwinnett High, Cedar Hill Elementary and Beaver Ridge Elementary.
David Brown January 09, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Amy, Grace Snell Middle School opened in 2010.
diamonz January 09, 2013 at 10:53 PM
My daughter was at middle school and didnt knw why they were on lockdown..smh nor was able to call me...
David Brown January 09, 2013 at 10:58 PM
I suggest that those of us who call ourselves Christian spend more time on our knees praying for our schools and less time defending the right to have a firearm. It's worth a shot (pun intended).
Amy Darby January 09, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Thanks David. I haven't been down Brushy Fork in sometime I suppose. I'm glad it was nothing serious. We should be praying for all of the schools in our area.
Megan Elizabeth Arlitz January 09, 2013 at 11:37 PM
My daughter goes to J.C. Magill Elementary School. She is a Kindergartner there. I am glad she is safe at home with me tonight.
Megan Elizabeth Arlitz January 09, 2013 at 11:39 PM
They didn't call anyone. They didn't tell anyone what was going on, till some people heard thru the grapevine of what was going on, and a letter sent home to us.
garrett cronnelly January 10, 2013 at 12:03 AM
After my 1st, 2nd, & 4th grade children returned home at 4:46 p.m. I was met by my crying 1st grader who told me, “Daddy, a principal was shot and there are guns at my school”. Then my crying 2nd grader interrupted , “No! A man in the woods was shooting a gun.” Finally, my 4th grade son gave me the letter from the principal. He told me, “They said we were safe, but this letter is pretty scary, Dad”. These letters should have been sent in sealed envelopes. Having my 2nd grade daughter read that letter on the way home is completely unacceptable. The words; strange man, gun shots and playground are words she has been repeating all evening, now.
garrett cronnelly January 10, 2013 at 12:03 AM
To Magill Elementary Administrators, While we were felt secure that our children were being protected by procedures and their teachers, we felt that the lack of communication from Magill and Grace Snell Administrators for 1 1/2 hours from the school was ridiculous and terrifying. A simple recorded message would have been sufficient to calm our fears. Yet over 30 phone calls (neither school answered any of my repeated calls) and countless conversations with neighbors FINALLY led us to the AJC article that was published at 4:18 more than 30 minutes after my children usually arrive home. I drove to Magill to try to see what was wrong, but the officer outside the school would not speak to me and none of the parents in the 1/2 mile long parent pick-up lane knew any information. JC Magill has a twitter account yet still no news from the school. All calls to Magill and Grace Snell are still going unanswered (4:40 p.m.). Magill website has no information. Gwinnett county website has no information. When my electricity goes out I call Walton EMC and I get a pre-recorded message saying that they know my power is out, but they are on their way to fix it. How my electric company can be more sensitive to my family’s needs than our neighborhood school is completely unacceptable. Really, how hard could it be to put up a recorded message or a statement on your web page?
Bruce Mitchell January 10, 2013 at 01:10 AM
My son goes to Georgia Southern and when they have an emergency everyone, including parents get a text. This should be instituted in every school in Georgia. We should demand better!
shawn Baru January 10, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Thank you Garret good point Bruce
Robin Payne January 10, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Why is the response of the schools not being praised more? I really would rather my kids be safe rather than the schools to spend their time calling, texting or tweeting. We have to trust the admin. and SRO, along with GCPD to so their jobs. It is the idiots playing with firecrackers behind McGill that are the problems. I am thankful to them for protecting my son.
Megan Elizabeth Arlitz January 10, 2013 at 11:19 PM
I am glad that they did good, but then I don't think it's fair that we were left in the dark not knowing what was going on. Friends calling friends that are high up found out. They again could of done a pre recorded message, like Garret Cronnelly said.

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