Teacher’s sighting of man with BB gun causes scare at North Charleston school

A lockdown of Matilda Dunston Primary School in North Charleston ended around 2 p.m. A teacher reported seeing a gunman outside, but it turned out to be a man in his yard carrying a BB gun.

A teacher’s sighting Friday afternoon of a gunman outside Matilda Dunston Primary caused a brief scare at the North Charleston school, authorities said.

But the man was standing in his own yard and carrying a BB gun, North Charleston Police Department spokesman Spencer Pryor said. He posed no threat to the school.

The situation was resolved less than a half-hour after it began.

Officers first were called around 1:30 p.m. to the school at 1825 Remount Road for a report of a weapon there, dispatchers said.

“A teacher saw a man out of a window with what was thought to be a gun,” Pryor said. “It turned out to be a man in his yard with a BB gun.”

A precautionary lockdown was lifted around 2 p.m., Charleston County School District spokesman Dan Head said, and the school was resuming “normal operations.”

Dave Munday contributed to this report. Reach Andrew Knapp at 843-937-5414 or twitter.com/offlede.