PARKERSBURG - The Parkersburg Police Department responded to a man with a gun behind McKinley Elementary School off St. Marys Avenue in Parkersburg Thursday afternoon.
According to reports, a man was seen in the back alley of the school with a pistol.
Sgt. Greg Collins, police spokesman, said the man wasn't doing anything illegal and had a concealed carry permit. He said no arrest was made and the man was allegedly fending off dogs.
Doug Jones, the principal of McKinley, said the school was put on lockdown as a precaution for about 20 minutes. He said they made sure all children were in the classrooms where the doors were locked and they were safe from windows.
"We wanted to be safe because you never know," Jones said. "The police were very good to run up to our playground fence which was locked and look through the fence to tell me a gentleman was in the area who had displayed a hand gun."
Jones said at that time all children were sent into the school. He said police called the school to tell them the man was walking around 19th Street and Dudley Avenue.
"We immediately went into lockdown; secured doors, pulled the blinds," Jones said. "We stayed in that until the police department called back and said the gentleman had been apprehended."
Jones said the man called the school to apologize for the scare. He said police told school officials the man displayed the hand gun because he was worried he was going to be harmed by several dogs.