Georgia parents: quit letting your children go to school with toy guns.
Pointe South Elementary School in Clayton County, Georgia was locked down on Friday because of a toy gun. The lockdown marked the fifth time in 11 days an Atlanta-area school was locked down over a fake firearm.
Pointe South officials says the school was locked down for about 20 minutes after officials saw three children playing with what turned out to be toy guns. The latest lockdown prompted Clayton County Schools Police Chief Clarence Cox to send a recorded phone message to each of the district’s 52,000 students and their parents reminding them not to let students bring toys weapons to school.
After a March 14 lockdown, Cox responded to people who say the schools are overreacting when they lock down over the toys.
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“We don't feel like it's an overreaction (to go on lock down)," Cox said. "When someone tells us there's a gun on our campus, we don't have time to determine if its real or not. We treat all of them as if they are real."