Six Pickerington Local School District schools were placed on lockdown Wednesday, May 23, according to a letter sent home to parents.

Six Pickerington Local School District schools were placed on lockdown Wednesday, May 23, according to a letter sent home to parents.

According to the letter from PLSD interim-Superintendent Jim Sotlar, the district received information from the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office at 10:06 a.m. Wednesday regarding a "possible situation" in the Huntington Hills subdivision.

In response, the district placed Pickerington High School North, Lakeview Junior High School, Toll Gate Middle School, Toll Gate Elementary, Violet Elementary and Heritage Elementary on precautionary lockdowns.

"All external doors were locked and all outdoor activities were canceled," Sotlar stated in the letter. "Classes continued as usual.

"Upon further investigation, the Fairfield County Sheriff and Pickerington Police Departments (sic) confirmed there was no threat in the area, and we proceeded to release from lockdown at approximately 10:50 a.m."

Fairfield County Sheriff Dave Phalen said the schools were locked down following the report of a man with a firearm on Pickerington Road.

"(The witness) said there was a guy in the 6800 block of Pickerington Road that had a long gun of some sort and he looked distraught," Phalen said.

"The deputy could not find anyone with a gun or who matched the suspect in that area."

After approximately 45 minutes of searching for the alleged suspect, Phalen's office informed district officials it was safe to resume normal school activities.

"These things happen," he said.

"People routinely call in calls and many we can't validate one way or the other," Phalen said.

"Sometimes, the person didn't see what they thought they saw. Sometimes, there is a person out there who leaves the area," he said.