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Suicide threat puts 2 schools on lockdown

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

LAWRENCEVILLE — Two schools were locked down for much of the afternoon Tuesday after an 18-year-old man threatened to commit suicide in the nearby woods.

Cpl. Jake Smith with the Gwinnett County Police Department said the man is not being charged because he did not threaten anyone else.

Hours of negotiations between the man and police took place, and he “agreed to come out and put down his shotgun.”

He was then taken to the hospital. “As far as I know, there are zero charges pending against him,” Smith said. “He will be taken in (to the hospital) for evaluation.”

An official with Gwinnett County Public Schools confirmed that students were dismissed from Collins Hill High School and Walnut Grove Elementary about 4 p.m. after both were placed under lockdown.

The two schools, which are located across the street from each other, were locked down while police responded to the suicidal person at Richland Cove and Little River Drive.

Cpl. Edwin Ritter said the schools took precautions because the person lives in the “direct vicinity” of the facilities.

Earlier in the day, Ritter said “Gwinnett County Police investigators (were) in direct contact with the subject and attempting to get him to seek help,” Ritter said. “At this time there are no charges pending against this individual...”

An official with Gwinnett County Public Schools said the buildings were put on lockdown as a precaution.

Dismissal of Collins Hill High School and Walnut Grove students was delayed due to the matter, said Sloan Roach, spokesperson for GCPS.

Collins Hill and Walnut Grove are located across the street from each other in the Collins Hill Cluster.