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      Traverse City schools keep lockdown plan in place

      The plan would send the school into lockdown if they see someone with a gun on school grounds.

      Traverse City Area Public Schools are keeping a lockdown plan in place when dealing with someone who legally carries a firearm onto school grounds.

      The plan would send the school into lockdown if they see someone with a gun on school grounds. Police will then send an officer to any TCAPS school where an armed person is present. The officer will stay with the armed person until they leave.

      The decision came after a man attended a school board meeting with a gun on his hip. After the incident, school administrators were asked to look into what was allowed by state law. It was determined that the man was acting legally.

      State law says It is illegal for someone to carry a concealed firearm on a school campus, but nothing in the state law says it cannot be carried openly.

      The district is planning to meet with law enforcement early next week to further discuss safety issues and the open carry law. An exact date for that meeting is not known yet.

      Interim Superintendent Paul Soma said the district's policy on the matter is evolving and they are still working on the details.