A false alarm trigged a lockdown for nearly an hour at Pendleton High School Thursday morning.
A Pendleton School District press release states that the lockdown was inadvertently triggered from inside the building, causing the school to start a lockdown around 9:40 a.m.
After police swept the high school and determined that there was no threat, the school lifted the lockdown at 10:30 a.m.
In accordance with the district’s safety protocol, the district’s other schools were put on lockout as a precaution. Unlike the high school’s lockdown, where students and staff are confined to classrooms as authorities deal with the potential threat, a “lockout” seals the outside entryways while school activities go uninterrupted.
Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts said law enforcement officers had their firearms out when securing the campus, in accordance with police protocol for lockdown situations.
According to the press release, law enforcement and district staff are reviewing the incident to see if the best procedures were used.
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