Skip to comments.Man hunting squirrels on private property near Midway (SC) Elementary prompted lockdown
Posted on 03/12/2014 3:56:06 PM PDT by Gamecock
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC Midway Elementary in Lexington is no longer on lockdown after deputies determined a man hunting squirrels on private property near the school posed no threat.
The Sheriffs Department asked administrators to place the school on lockdown as a precaution around 9:25 a.m., Lexington County Sheriffs Department Spokesman Maj. John Allard said.
A bus driver saw a man in the woods on private property near the school and reported that he was armed with a rifle or shotgun, Maj. Allard said.
Deputies determined the armed man seen in the woods was lawfully hunting squirrels with a shotgun on his private property and took no actions that posed a threat to anyone at the elementary school, Maj. Allard said.
Maj. Allard said the man shot and killed two squirrels.
The school was on lockdown for about three hours.
Prior to finding the man in question, Maj. Allard said deputies conducted directed patrols near the school as a precaution.
In addition, one deputy remained stationed at the school for the rest of the school day.
About 10:50 a.m., Principal Jan Fickling emailed parents about the lockdown.
There are no concerns here on campus, and normal activties are taking place except for those outside, Midway Elementary School Principal Jan Fickling said. We are under a perimeter lockdown only as requested by the Lexington County Sheriffs Department.
Principal Fickling sent a second email around 12:30 p.m. to let parents know the lockdown had been lifted.
I think this shows the new security protocols are working. The bus driver was correct in reporting the possible danger and the sherrif’s office correctly checked it out. The kids are worth it.
I hate what a shotgun does to squirrels.
Oops - sherrif = sheriff
Actually this was the correct response especially if the bus driver did not know who the man was or what he was doing.
It is far better to be safe than sorry in this case.
That said it is also a sad commentary of the state of society
Keep up with what our Congresscritters (House and Senate) are doing. Sign up for the free MegaVote email service here.
Shotgun? You hunt squirrels with a .22.
Some do and some don't..........
A .22 is the classic squirrel gun.
This guy is lucky! I don’t know the law there but it is Illegal to discharge a firearm in the City Limits in my home town.
Many years ago, my Grandpa taught me to hunt squirrels with a .22. He told me to shoot them thru the head, although at 12, I was lucky to hit them at all, and yet he still skinned my gut shot victims...
You hunt squirrels with a small hav-a-heart trap and peanuts. Everybody knows that.
What made him really threatening was the looking-up-in-the-trees behavior. :-)
A shotgun is much safer, given the range of a 22. Shotgun for wisdom.
Oh' to reassure the children after the school scared the crap out of them..
Wait a minute! The reporter, ANNE-KATHRYN FLANAGAN, did not report the weapon as an assault rifle??
shooting rifles up into the air is unsafe, especially around schools.
“I hate what a shotgun does to squirrels.”
Late in the season when the doves were skittish and wouldn’t come anywhere near a hunter, my dad would shoot a Remington 1100 with a 30” full choke barrel. One of his friends asked what he did to avoid mangling a dove that happened to fly close by. Without hesitating my dad said “I just shoot them in the head”. Hey, it might work for squirrels.
What is wrong with him? It’s not squirrel season!
Good thing he was using a shotgun then, and i don't recall the article saying which direction he was firing said weapon except at squirrels.
How far we have fallen.
Shotgun = glock = .22 = AK400,320.7
Take COVER! LOCK DOWN THE SCHOOLS!
exactly. All information suggests that he was hunting in a perfectly safe and legal manner and the community overreacted. This is, sadly, a sign of the times.
From the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources website.
Fox squirrels are considered a game animal in South Carolina and may be hunted along with gray squirrels. Squirrel season annually in South Carolina opens on October 1 and closes on March 1.
If this happened in March it was not legal to hunt squirrels in SC. Blood of Tyrants is right.
Might have been a .410. A squirrel is about all they can handle... Had friend who used one when we went squirrel hunting, and it didn’t mangle them too bad... Not as clean as my head shots with a .22, but still edible.
“I think this shows the new security protocols are working. The bus driver was correct in reporting the possible danger and the sherrifs office correctly checked it out. The kids are worth it.”
I think this shows that we are going insane as a society. There was no threat. None of the school shootings that we have seen ever started out with a person openly carrying a gun a block from the school.
We lock kids up for *three hours* for no real reason. That is much more insane than the “duck and cover” drills ever were.
.22 is the only thing I’ll use. No sport with a scatter gun.
Ruger 10-22 with a scope. No miss, no fuss and no torn up meat.
My exact tool of choice.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.