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Woman behind school lockdown frenzy arrested at gas station

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There was panic at a local school after threats and a lockdown were announced on social media.

In just a matter of minutes, law enforcement officers swarmed Cedar Grove Community School on Tuesday.

Authorities said they received reports that a family member of Christy Jarrell, 29, called the school and said Jarrell had stolen a gun.

The claim came less than 24 hours after Jarrell was released from jail on an unrelated shoplifting incident on Monday.

The caller also said Jarrell might go to the school to try and see her kids.

Those claims later turned out to be partially true, according to West Virginia State Police.

According to Charleston Police, Jarrell did steal a gun from an apartment on Charleston's West Side overnight.

However, authorities don't think that incident had anything to do with students at Cedar Grove.

Still, parents went into a frenzy when word spread around town that Jarrell might be on campus with a gun.

Authorities searched Kanawha County for hours as they tried to find Jarrell.

They eventually arrested her at the 7-11 in Rand shortly before 3 p.m. On Tuesday.

She did not have the stolen gun on her.

Jarrell was taken to Kanawha County Magistrate Court and arraigned on one count of petit larceny in connection with the stolen handgun.

She does not face any charges in connection with the lockdown or manhunt.

Investigators said they do not believe the family member's phone call was credible.

Even though the claims turned out to be false, the school and local law enforcement said they took the necessary procedures to lockdown the school.

Jarrell is on her way to the South Central Regional Jail. Her bail has been set at $50,000.

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