Central 9 Career Center in Greenwood was on lockdown this afternoon while police searched for a child who may have a firearm.

Greenwood police received a report that a child who suffers from mental health issues, who is not a Central 9 student, had been seen at the vocational school earlier today and may have a gun, Greenwood police assistant chief Matt Fillenwarth said.

No threats had been made, Fillenwarth said.


Police put the campus on U.S. 31 on lockdown shortly after noon while officers searched the property. The search was still underway at 1:30 p.m. The person had not been located, Fillenwarth said.

By 2 p.m., the campus was no longer on lockdown, but police were monitoring the perimeter of the property until all students had left.

No one was allowed to enter or leave the property while police were searching. Parents were directed to parking lots nearby, Fillenwarth said.

Clark-Pleasant schools notified parents that the police investigation was limiting access to several of the Whiteland-area schools, but the connection was not immediately clear.

Central Nine is a career and technical-training school that for mostly high school students who spend portions of their day at nine local and southside school districts, then take courses at the center.

This story will be updated.

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Michele Holtkamp is editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at mholtkamp@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2774.