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Columbus' Whetstone High School placed on temporary lockdown after student entered with knife

Debbie Holmes

Whetstone High School in Clintonville was placed on a temporary lockdown Tuesday morning after Columbus police officers responded to a report of a student entering the building with a knife.

Columbus City Schools' spokesperson Jacqueline Bryant said in a statement that around 11:30 a.m. a student, who was not enrolled at Whetstone, entered the building with a knife.

Bryant said there were no injuries and the unnamed student was detained by Columbus police officers. The lockdown was lifted just after 1 p.m.

Bryant said the district’s safety and security specialists, along with a building administrator, worked to de-escalate the situation.

George Shillcock is a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. He joined the WOSU newsroom in April 2023 following three years as a reporter in Iowa with the USA Today Network.