Lilburn Middle locked down due to police activity

LILBURN — Lilburn Middle School was briefly put on lockdown Wednesday afternoon due to “police activity in the area,” officials said.

Gwinnett County Public Schools spokesman Jorge Quintana said the lockdown, which lasted about 40 minutes, was lifted at about 3 p.m.

“The school was put on lockdown as a precaution” Quintana said.

Lilburn Police Department spokesman Capt. Ben Haynes said officers were serving a search warrant at a “business that backed up to school property.”

“Once the search warrant had been served and everything was secured,” Haynes said, “we notified the school to go back to their normal operation schedule.”

Wednesday’s incident was the second time police activity had shut down a Gwinnett school in about three weeks. On Aug. 16, Collins Hill High School and nearby Walnut Grove Elementary School were locked down for most of an afternoon when a 18-year-old man threatened to commit suicide in the surrounding woods.

Hours of negotiation with police resulted in the man agreeing to “come out and put down his shotgun,” a spokesman said at the time. Students at both schools were ultimately released at about 4 p.m.