On Tuesday, the Montevideo Middle School was placed on lock down, and all exterior doors at other district buildings were locked as a result of a written threat

On Tuesday, the Montevideo Middle School was placed on lock down, and all exterior doors at other district buildings were locked as a result of a written threat. This was the second lockdown for the district in the past two weeks, as the school was also locked down on Wednes­day, Jan. 19.

At 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, the district’s School Reach network sent out a message from middle school Principal Shawn Huntley notifying parents that the middle school was going into a lock- down, and that all exterior doors on all district buildings would be locked. Classes continued at all schools.

The district’s official response said, “This morning at the Montevideo Middle School, staff notified the principal that there was a threat of violence written in a bathroom stall. The threat was specific to today, but did not state any specific person.

“School administration contacted the Montevideo Police Department and both parties agreed to go into a Teach-On lockdown to ensure a safe learning envrornment.

The Montevideo Police Depart­ment and school administration continue to work closely while this situation is under investigation. During the course of Tuesday’s incident, a copy cat incident was reported to the principal of the Montevideo High School in the afternoon. Both incidents are currently under investigation.”

Another School Reach message was sent at 2:59 p.m. to let parents know that classes were to be dismissed one by one, and to expect delays when picking up students.

A number of police officers and a sheriff’s deputy were on hand to ensure students’ safety as classes were dismissed without incident.

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