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Eighth-Grader Holds Teacher Hostage in School Near Phoenix, Arizona

Aired October 24, 2000 - 3:27 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Lou Waters, again, at CNN Center.

We've seen this scene before. Students hand-in-hand being led from a school because of a gun inside. That is, essentially, the story now just outside Phoenix in the Peoria unified school district at the Pioneer Elementary School. The early story was that an eighth- grade student with a handgun was holding his class, 10 students in all, and a teacher hostage.

There's been some good news reported since that time. Turning the temperature down a notch on the story, the Peoria unified school district spokeswoman Kelly Bell (ph) now telling us that all of the students in that classroom have been separated from the boy with the gun. Only the teacher and the boy with the gun remain inside the portable classroom behind the school.

No threats have been made. Police have established communication; they're trying to end this thing. In the meantime, the students you've seen being led from the school are being taken to buses, taken a few blocks away to Cactus High School where parents are being asked to meet with their children and take them home and hug them at the end of this day.

We'll keep you posted on this story. Should anything develop we'll pass it right along. I'm Lou Waters at CNN Center.

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