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Scott HS parents relieved gun incident ends with no injuries

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Toledo, OH - Parents of Scott High School students are breathing an enormous sigh of relief Monday evening.  They are thankful that their sons and daughters are alive and home safe.

Parents were terrified during the gun incident as they waited outside during the school lock down, but they remained calm.  That's because many were able to talk to their sons and daughters on cell phones.

"There's no hostages," says a police officer as he updates a large group of worried parents along Collingwood Boulevard.

Moms, dads, and grandparents stood outside Scott High School Monday morning as students stayed locked in classrooms with a suspected gunman inside the building.

"God, what's going on?" says Geraldine Mitchell, the grandmother of a junior.

"Oh, that's scary," says Doreather Poole, the mother of a freshman. "That is scary."

"We've got our guys on him," says the police officer, updating the parents. "Nothing will get out of control."

"Definitely, definitely very, very concerned for my child and the rest of the students as well and the student involved," says Rodney Taylor, the father of a sophomore. "Hopefully they can resolve this in a non-violent matter."

Taylor's son, who was in biology class, called his dad on the phone.

"Alright, I'll be here waiting for you until you get out of there, OK?" Taylor tells his son on the phone.

Artina McCabe received a text message from her son.

"I just told him to start praying," says Artina McCabe, the mother of a junior. "I text him back and told him to start praying."

Police officers kept updating the group of parents huddled along Collingwood. Near 11 a.m., he said the police had the 14 year old suspect surrounded in a south corridor hallway.

One dad asks, "Are they going to let any of the kids go?"  The officer answers, "They've got them in their classrooms which is the best place for them to be right now. We have him contained. He's not going to go running through the school."

"We're so worried to death," says Mitchell.

Finally, a police officer gives the parents the update they've been waiting for: the suspect is in police custody and no one is injured.

"You wait out here," the police officer tells the parents.  "They're going to call me on the radio as soon as they know what will happen with the rest of the kids."

"I feel so relieved. I mean, God is good," says Mitchell.

 Over the loudspeaker outside, the school had a message of how to pick up children: "You will give your name and go to the field house."

Just after noon, parents finally reunite with their kids who dismiss early for the day.

"Feeling great," says Taylor. "Glad this is over with. Hope we never experience anything like this again."

 "We're going to eat," says McCabe. "And I'm just going to hold him and watch him and have a good time this afternoon. I'm very excited."

Toledo police say a 14-year old student who brought a pellet gun and knife inside Scott High School is now locked up at the Juvenile Detention Center. He's charged with illegal conveyance of a weapon on school property and making terroristic threats.

Toledo Police credited teachers for their actions in handling the student, who allegedly had the pellet gun outside of a bag. The student was isolated and brought into a hallway.

The school was put on lockdown during the incident, and police negotiators were brought in. Police were called around 9:30 a.m.

The student faces immediate expulsion.

Classes will resume normally for Tuesday.

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