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Man hunting squirrels on private property near Midway (SC) Elementary prompted lockdown
The State ^ | 3/12/14 | ANNE-KATHRYN FLANAGAN

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 Sheriff’s Department asked administrators to place the school on lockdown as a precaution around 9:25 a.m., Lexington County Sheriff’s 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 Sheriff’s Department.”

Principal Fickling sent a second email around 12:30 p.m. to let parents know the lockdown had been lifted.


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1 posted on 03/12/2014 3:56:06 PM PDT by Gamecock
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Oh brother.


2 posted on 03/12/2014 3:56:42 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: upchuck

SC Ping?


3 posted on 03/12/2014 3:57:06 PM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock

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.


4 posted on 03/12/2014 3:59:23 PM PDT by DallasDeb ((usafa06mom))
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To: Gamecock

I hate what a shotgun does to squirrels.


5 posted on 03/12/2014 3:59:49 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!!!)
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To: DallasDeb

Oops - sherrif = sheriff


6 posted on 03/12/2014 4:00:07 PM PDT by DallasDeb ((usafa06mom))
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To: Gamecock

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


7 posted on 03/12/2014 4:00:26 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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8 posted on 03/12/2014 4:03:22 PM PDT by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: Fai Mao

Shotgun? You hunt squirrels with a .22.


9 posted on 03/12/2014 4:03:48 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: DocJhn

Right?


10 posted on 03/12/2014 4:05:23 PM PDT by thoolou ("Technology is driven by those who understand it the least" - Unknown)
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To: DocJhn
Shotgun? You hunt squirrels with a .22.

Some do and some don't..........

11 posted on 03/12/2014 4:08:29 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Was Occam's razor made by Gillette?)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

A .22 is the classic squirrel gun.


12 posted on 03/12/2014 4:10:00 PM PDT by Noumenon (Resistance. Restoration. Retribution.)
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To: Noumenon

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.


13 posted on 03/12/2014 4:13:29 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: DocJhn

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...


14 posted on 03/12/2014 4:18:55 PM PDT by laker_dad
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To: DocJhn

You hunt squirrels with a small hav-a-heart trap and peanuts. Everybody knows that.


15 posted on 03/12/2014 4:22:46 PM PDT by KingLudd
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To: Gamecock

What made him really threatening was the looking-up-in-the-trees behavior. :-)


16 posted on 03/12/2014 4:23:49 PM PDT by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: Noumenon

A shotgun is much safer, given the range of a 22. Shotgun for wisdom.


17 posted on 03/12/2014 4:25:27 PM PDT by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: Gamecock
In addition, one deputy remained stationed at the school for the rest of the school day.

Why...?

Oh' to reassure the children after the school scared the crap out of them..

18 posted on 03/12/2014 4:25:30 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Gamecock

Wait a minute! The reporter, ANNE-KATHRYN FLANAGAN, did not report the weapon as an assault rifle??


19 posted on 03/12/2014 4:29:54 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: DocJhn

shooting rifles up into the air is unsafe, especially around schools.


20 posted on 03/12/2014 4:42:19 PM PDT by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

“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.


21 posted on 03/12/2014 4:54:16 PM PDT by Stevenc131
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To: Gamecock

What is wrong with him? It’s not squirrel season!


22 posted on 03/12/2014 5:04:18 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: RC one
shooting rifles up into the air is unsafe, especially around schools.

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.

23 posted on 03/12/2014 5:09:44 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Gamecock

How far we have fallen.

24 posted on 03/12/2014 5:36:43 PM PDT by bgill
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To: DocJhn

Shotgun = glock = .22 = AK400,320.7


25 posted on 03/12/2014 5:39:28 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Gamecock
MANHUNTING SQUIRRELS!!!!

Take COVER! LOCK DOWN THE SCHOOLS!


26 posted on 03/12/2014 5:43:33 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Mastador1

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.


27 posted on 03/12/2014 6:07:16 PM PDT by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants; Gamecock

From the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources website.
Hunting Information

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.


28 posted on 03/12/2014 6:42:03 PM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: DocJhn

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.


29 posted on 03/12/2014 7:14:12 PM PDT by LaRueLaDue
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To: DallasDeb; All

“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 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.


30 posted on 03/12/2014 7:44:29 PM PDT by marktwain (The old media must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: Noumenon

.22 is the only thing I’ll use. No sport with a scatter gun.


31 posted on 03/13/2014 10:41:41 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!!!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Ruger 10-22 with a scope. No miss, no fuss and no torn up meat.


32 posted on 03/13/2014 10:55:58 AM PDT by Noumenon (Resistance. Restoration. Retribution.)
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To: Noumenon

My exact tool of choice.


33 posted on 03/13/2014 11:31:38 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!!!)
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Oh the fun we'll have...

34 posted on 03/13/2014 6:46:48 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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