CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A woman arrested Tuesday says she had no intention of bringing a gun to Cedar Grove Community School, according to State Police troopers.
Christy Jarrell, 29, was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Rand on a petty larceny warrant issued by Charleston police, State Police Sgt. J.D. Perry said.
Jarrell allegedly stole a gun from someone with whom she was staying. At some point a person reportedly connected to the theft called members of Jarrell's family to say she had taken a gun and could be headed to the Cedar Grove school, Perry said.
Although Jarrell has two children who attend the school, Perry said she never got anywhere near the school.
"She never said she would take a gun to the school, period," Perry said. "She's whole-heartedly denying the school thing."
The Cedar Grove Community School - the building houses both Cedar Grove elementary and middle schools - was placed on lockdown shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday, said Bob Calhoun, assistant superintendent of elementary education for Kanawha County Schools.
It was done as a precaution, he said. Both Calhoun and Perry said students were never in danger during the lockdown. The lockdown ended about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Jarrell called police around 2:30 p.m. to let them know she was at the 7-Eleven in Rand, Perry said. She was arrested shortly thereafter. She did not have a gun when she was arrested, but Perry said the police are still searching for the weapon in question.
There are 296 students in the elementary school and 161 in the middle school, Calhoun said.