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Students shelter in place after gun stolen near Belgrade High School

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Schools in Belgrade are in a shelter in place after a hand gun was reportedly stolen from a vehicle near Belgrade High School. 

Law enforcement say a suspect is at large.

Below is a message from the Belgrade School District sent just after 2:00 p.m. Tuesday:

This message has been generated by Infinite Campus.

All Schools within the city limits are in a shelter in place. The shelter in place was advised because we were informed by law enforcement that a hand gun was stolen from a vehicle near Belgrade High School. A suspect is at large and law enforcement is canvasing the area. Law enforcement is at all schools as a precautionary measure. No parents will be allowed to pick up their student until the end of the school day today. Law enforcement will be present at all schools during release at the end of the school day. If things change, we will issue another updated message. If you have questions or concerns, please contact law enforcement or the Belgrade district office. Thank you, Superintendent Godfrey Saunders

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Students were released from school at 3:30 PM without incident.

The announcement didn't stop voters from coming to Belgrade High School to vote on Tuesday. The site's election official told Montana Right Now he hadn't noticed a drop in voters after word of the stolen gun got out, besides the usual dip following the lunch hour.

"I heard about it briefly," said Lindsay Benson, a Montana State student who visited the Belgrade polls soon after news broke of the stolen gun. "But I don't think it really affects voting at all. I think people should still get out and do their civic duties. It's like huge to like be able to have an impact on the outcome of our country's election... And to get to have a voice in that I think is a really sweet opportunity."

Asked whether a gun would have stopped her from doing her civic duty, Benson replied: "Absolutely not."

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