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Schools in lockdown Thursday morning

The lockdowns lasted about 45 minutes.

By Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on October 22, 2015 12:49PM

Last changed on October 22, 2015 12:56PM

Dayville School and Grant Union Junior-Senior High School went into lockdowns Thursday morning due to reports from students about another student who allegedly made threats against Dayville School.

The lockdowns lasted about 45 minutes.

While the threat was not directed to an individual student, Dayville School District Superintendent  Kathryn Hedrick said, the school immediately made a report to Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer.

Dayville School was secured and all teachers were made vigilant, she said.

Sheriff Palmer relayed the potential of a threat to Grant Union Junior-High School and the City of John Day. He then undertook the investigation.

Hedrick said the school ascertained the whereabouts of the student who was with parents.

The report of a threat was taken very seriously by the local schools. Grant Union Junior-High School went into a modified lockdown.

“As a result of information obtained from Sheriff Palmer regarding the possibility of a potential threat to the building, we erred on the side of caution and went into a modified lockdown to secure the building,” Grant Union Junior-Senior High School Principal Ryan Gerry said.

Hedrick commends the students who made the original report. Their willingness to step forward is what will keep all students safe, she said.

Dayville School will continue to support the investigation to ensure the safety of all students and staff.


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