False report of gun results in hard lockdown at Berkmar High School

Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 3:05 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Additional information has been released about the incident on Thursday afternoon at Berkmar High School. According to a message sent to the Berkmar High School family, there was a false report of a gun.

Read the message below:

At Berkmar High, we are committed to our students’ success and well-being and strive to provide a positive school environment. Key to that positive culture is the work we do to ensure that our school remains safe. With that in mind, I want to make you aware of a situation that happened earlier today.

Shortly before dismissal, there was an altercation between two students. During that altercation, another student reported seeing a weapon. Following our safety protocols, the school was placed in a hard lockdown while our school police investigated. I want to reassure you no one was hurt, and no weapon was found. The lockdown was lifted after 45 minutes once school police completed a thorough search.

As always, the safety and security of your children is our top priority. I thank you for your continued support of our school and students and encourage you to reach out to me if you have any additional questions about today’s event.

Mr. Williams, Principal


A heavy police presence could be seen outside of Berkmar High School on Pleasant Hill Road in Lilburn around 3 p.m. Thursday.

Chopper 46 flew over the scene and multiple police cars were seen outside of the school.

According to the Gwinnett County Police Department, they were called to assist with an incident. The school was on lockdown but it has been lifted. The police spokesperson did not have any details about the incident.

On Wednesday, a student was arrested at McDonough High School after a gun inside his backpack went off. That student is facing multiple charges.

CBS46 will update this story if we receive additional details. At this time, it does not appear that the incident was serious.