RAYMOND — North Cape Elementary School was temporarily on lockdown Friday, March 1 because a teenager with an air rifle walked by the school, according to school and law enforcement officials.
A parent arriving at the school at about 2:15 p.m. told staff a person was walking by with a gun. Staff called the Racine County Sheriff’s Office and immediately went into lockdown mode, which included bringing students who were outside for recess back inside the building, at 11926 County Road K, said North Cape District Administrator John Lehnen. “The kids responded immediately. Teachers all did what they were supposed to do,” Lehnen said. “Twenty minutes later, the Sheriff’s Department called back and said there was no threat and we could do an all-clear and release the lockdown.”
The Sheriff’s Office learned a teenager, who thought the school was closed because he didn’t have school that day, was walking by the school to go hunting. He was carrying an air rifle, or pellet gun, said Sgt. Scott Litwin of the Sheriff’s Office.
“He was hunting legally,” Litwin said, explaining under state statute an air rifle is not a firearm. That means air rifles don’t have the same restrictions as firearms, which must be kept 1,000 feet from schools. “He really was not doing anything wrong.” He was not cited, Litwin said.
This information is gathered by reporters from law enforcement agencies throughout Racine County, once those records are available. This is not a complete record of every crime reported in the county, rather it reflects noteworthy crimes that have occurred in our community. It is intended to be used as an informational tool, not an official record. As these cases have not been concluded, the suspects are innocent until proven guilty.