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Mountain Christian Church and School in Joppa was placed on high alert Tuesday afternoon after two students said they saw an armed woman in the building.

Police later discovered the woman in question was unarmed and was in the building for a church function.

Around 12:45 p.m., Harford County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the school after someone called 911 about an armed stranger inside the school, according to a release from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.

The caller said two students told their teacher they saw a lady they didn’t recognize and she may have had a gun, according to the release.

Mountain Christian educates students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The students who reported the intruder were third grade age or younger, according to Monica Worrell, public information specialist with the sheriff’s office.

The school implemented its emergency action plan, which resulted in automatic law enforcement response, according to the release.

Within minutes of the 911 call, deputies arrived to assist school officials.

Police searched the school building and grounds, but found no intruder. By 1:45 p.m. the situation was under control, according to the release.

By Tuesday evening police closed the investigation.

“Children did observe a woman in the building, later identified as a local resident, who was attending a church program on the campus,” Worrell said.

Police interviewed the woman and determined no weapons were involved and that she did have permission to be in the building.

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