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Stevenson President: Lockdown Caused by 2 Students 'Who Had Poor Judgment'

A pellet gun was found and the lockdown was lifted at the Owings Mills campus.

Stevenson President: Lockdown Caused by 2 Students 'Who Had Poor Judgment' Stevenson President: Lockdown Caused by 2 Students 'Who Had Poor Judgment' Stevenson President: Lockdown Caused by 2 Students 'Who Had Poor Judgment'
Two students hunting near  Stevenson University caused an hours-long lockdown at the Owings Mills campus Monday afternoon, according to police.

Officers responded to the campus at 2:23 p.m. on Monday after two students saw what they believed was a person with a gun and called 911, according to a prepared statement  from the Baltimore County Police Department.

Security personnel at the university also received a report of a person with a gun and placed the campus on lockdown, police said.

The students had been shooting at ducks and geese, and no charges would be filed, police reported Monday night.

"It appears that the incident was caused by two students who had poor judgment of hunting in the woods with two BB rifles near campus," Stevenson University President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D.,  wrote in a message to students.

The school remained on lockdown for more than three hours before police cleared the scene, according to  WNEW 99.1 FM.

Police said Stevenson remained on lockdown as officials tried to get more information on the report that a person was seen with a gun, according to the  Associated Press.

Nearby,  St. Timothy's School was also placed on lockdown,  The Baltimore Sun reported.

Officers and special units like aviation, K-9, and the tactical team responded to assist with the search and investigation,  Baltimore County police said.

"There was a pellet gun recovered from a vehicle on campus and two students are being interviewed by police in reference to the incident," according to a statement from the department. "Those students voluntarily came out of a building to speak with police."

Police said there were no injuries and no shots fired, and the department was continuing to speak with the two students Monday night to understand what happened.

Stevenson University posted the following notice on its website: "ALL CLEAR — Emergency situation at the Owings Mills Campus no longer exists. It is safe to exit your location. All classes and activities at Owings Mills and Owings Mills North campuses are cancelled this evening."

Patch editor Deb Belt contributed to this article.

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