Lockdowns lifted at city schools; "no findings" after phoned-in gun threat

Oswego High School, above, was hosting its annual Freshman First day on Wednesday when a 911 call warning of a gun on campus prompted officials to put the building and nearby Frederick Leighton Elementary School into lockdown protocol.

OSWEGO — Two city schools were placed on lockdown Wednesday after district officials say they were warned of a potential gun on campus.

Oswego High School and adjacent Frederick Leighton Elementary School were ordered under the enhanced security status on the first day of the school year after an early-morning 911 call “was made regarding a gun” at OHS, according to district officials.

Members of the Oswego City Police Department, New York State Police and Oswego County Sheriff’s Office responded to the situation, officials said, and canine units from Jefferson County “completely swept the school.” An all-clear notification “with no findings” was given at 11:20 a.m. and the day resumed.

Oswego City School District Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey said while the opening day of the school year was “disrupted,” planned activities cancelled as a result of the lockdown would be rescheduled.

"High school staff and administration did a terrific job and followed protocol exactly," Goewey said in a statement. “In cases like this, (security protocols) are tested successfully. The partnerships between the Oswego City School District, the Oswego City Police Department, the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State police are strong.”

An investigation of the source of the threat is ongoing, officials said.

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