Gunshots are reported near Coleman school


A report of gunfire in the vicinity shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday resulted in a Pine Bluff Police Department alert being issued at the Watson Chapel School District’s Coleman Intermediate School at 4600 W. 13th Ave., Superintendent Danny Hazelwood said Friday.

Hazelwood said there was no lockdown at the school since rain was keeping students inside during their recess breaks. School administrators, faculty and staff were made aware of the alert, Hazelwood said. A district security officer went to the school when the alert was issued.

Police declared an all-clear within about 30 minutes of the alert’s issue, Hazelwood said. The superintendent added that no one at the school was in any danger during the period, and school doors are locked at all times to prevent unannounced entrances.