UPDATE: Atlanta student's claim she was nearly abducted by armed man on playground 'unfounded,' APS says
UPDATE: A girl's terrifying story of a man with a gun who allegedly tried to grab her from the playground has turned out to be just that, according to officials - a story.
On Monday, Atlanta Public Schools said a student told staff members at Deerwood Academy that the man came up to her during the school day and threatened to take her. It reportedly happened around 1:40 p.m.
The district said students were immediately evacuated from the playground, and the entire school was placed on lockdown until APS Police could "assess the situation." The district added that the student was examined and cleared by the school nurse.
In an update from APS on Thursday night, the district said it has completed its investigation into the claims and found that the evidence - including surveillance video and student and staff statements - did not support the student's story.
PREVIOUS STORY: Authorities are on an intense search for an armed suspect who they said tried to grab a child from the playground during the school day. However, Atlanta Police believe a lapse in critical communication between police departments may have bought the suspect more time to get away.
The reported attack happened around 1:40 p.m. Oct. 7 at Deerwood Academy on Fairburn Road, according to police.
In a statement from Atlanta Public Schools, the district confirmed that a student reported an armed man tried to abduct her from the playground during school hours, Monday.