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Student with fake gun prompted lockdown at Hartford school Tuesday morning

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A student made a paper gun that sparked a lockdown at the McDonough school in Hartford. (Hartford police/WFSB photos) A student made a paper gun that sparked a lockdown at the McDonough school in Hartford. (Hartford police/WFSB photos)
The paper gun a student was seen exiting a school bus with in Hartford. (Hartford police photo) The paper gun a student was seen exiting a school bus with in Hartford. (Hartford police photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A school in Hartford was forced into lockdown mode on Tuesday morning.

Police said the McDonough Expeditionary Learning School on Hillside Avenue was locked down after a student got off a school bus with what appeared to be a gun.

Police determined that it was a fake gun that the 12-year-old student made out of paper, tape and a blue rubber band.

They said it was brought on the bus and shown to a friend. Someone else saw it and called police.

"I would have gotten someone to check it to see what it was first before overreacting. Overreacting can cause a lot of freaking out," said Gealisa Rollins.

As a result, officials put the school in a yellow "lockdown" mode. Each student's bag was searched.

They were in the process of lifting it just before 9:30 a.m.

No one was hurt. Police said all of the children at the school are safe.

The student, whom police said has never been in trouble before, is expected to be issued a summons.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing several cruisers parked in front of the building.

Eyewitness News asked parents if they felt the response went overboard.

"They didn't, they really didn't," said Tasheena Rollins, a parent. "There's so much danger going on in schools these days. They did it perfectly. The only thing they could have done better is warn us."

Parents told Eyewitness News they weren't happy to learn about the lockdown at 11 a.m., more than an hour after it had been lifted.

Deputy Chief Brian Foley posted an update to his Twitter account.

The school day continued as scheduled, according to police.

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