Security beefed up at Orlando middle school following gun scare



ORLANDO, Fla. - For the second time in two months, security will be beefed up at Glenridge Middle School, following a gun scare.

The school was locked down for more than four hours Monday as police checked every student, backpack and locker.

Some parents said they were angry about how the situation was handled.

A loaded handgun clip was found Monday in a trash can, but no gun was found.

Parents said they're frustrated after two gun incidents on campus this semester.

"It seems like they're trying to hide something, and they don't give you all the information. She [principal] says all students are safe, but what really happened?" said parent Linda Marchetti.

Parents were notified with a recorded message by Principal Heather Hilton: "We received an anonymous tip after the start of first period this morning, providing information about a safety concern on campus. At this time all students are safely in their first period class."

As parents showed up hoping to pick up their children, police were inside patting down students and checking backpacks and lockers.

Student said they didn't know what was happening.

"They wouldn't tell us anything at all. It was really kind of scary," said student Kira Diehl.

The lockdown was prompted by an anonymous phone call from a parent whose daughter texted her about rumors of a shooting and a gun hidden in a garbage bin.

Orlando police said they only found the loaded clip, and now, they're hoping students will help with the rest of the puzzle.

"We will be glad to keep anonymous, involving juveniles assuring their safety as well," said Sgt. Jim Young of the Orlando Police Department.

A seventh-grader was arrested for bringing two guns to Glenridge Middle School in March.

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