A miscommunication led to a Boardman school lockout Monday.
According to a Morrow County School District press release, Riverside Junior/Senior High School locked its doors from 11:24 a.m. to 11:58 a.m. while the Boardman Police Department responded to an incident in the area.
Boardman Police Chief Rick Stokoe said a school staff member had a conversation with a parent Monday morning where the staff member heard the parent saying he was going to “shoot” the school.
As the school was put on lockout, the police spoke with the parent, who told authorities that he had said he was going to “sue” the school and not “shoot” it. Once police determined that the school wasn’t under threat, Riverside lifted the lockout.
Under the lockout procedure, a school’s outside doors are locked while students and staff maintain normal business.