Plastic weapon puts Durham school on lockdown

A Durham school briefly went on lockdown Friday morning after a student was found in possession of a plastic weapon, according to school officials.

Merrick Moore Elementary officials put the Cheek Road school on lockdown at 10 a.m. for less than half an hour. Durham County Sheriff’s deputies were notified immediately and found the student in possession of a plastic weapon. School officials would not say what kind of weapon it was or whether someone initially thought it was real.

“If there is ever the hint of a threat, we take the most conservative route and treat it as if it’s real until we can know for sure otherwise,” district spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson said.

There is no need for families to go to the school at this time, she said, and normal classroom activities are continuing.