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Suspicious incident prompts lock-out at all Martin County schools

All Martin County Schools will remain in lock-out mode until further notice



The Martin County Sheriffs Office has identified the 13 year old male who jumped the fence at Hope Rural School with what looks like a rifle, but tuned out to be a BB Gun.

Detectives are speaking to him at the time of this writing. He has been positively identified and admitted to being the suspect in question.

The 13-year old is the grandson of the groundskeeper at the school. The BB gun was used for killing rodents.

The 13-year old was retrieving the BB gun for his grandfather. There is no longer an active threat.

Sheriff William Snyder along with the Martin County School District have ordered all Martin County Schools to go on lock-out status this afternoon following an incident reported at Hope Rural School in Indiantown.

Just after 1pm today, a teacher at the school reported seeing an unidentified male jump the fence with a rifle in his hand. The subject saw the teacher and fled in a light grey newer model Dodge Durango.

The suspect is described as a white male, with a thin build wearing a white shirt and tan pants. Detectives do have information about that SUV and are investigating who was driving the vehicle and why there were at the school.

As a result of this incident, and in an abundance of caution, all Martin County Schools will remain in lock-out mode until further notice.

Dismissal times will remain the same. You may notice an increased law enforcement presence at your child’s school this afternoon.

This is in response to this incident.