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NCHS closes at 3:20 p.m. Thursday; police with long guns and K-9 units on scene

UPDATE: At 3:23 p.m. NCSD stated, “NCHS was evacuated today due to a specific report of a safety concern at NCHS. There has been no direct safety concern reported to any other schools. School operations are continuing as normal at all other schools. Local law enforcement is at NCHS investigating the report, as such you may see increased traffic and first responders in the area.”

No outside school visitors should report to the NCHS campus at this time unless you are an NCHS parent picking up your child. Further information on NCHS after-school activities, events, and athletics will be provided as available. At this time, unless you are an NCHS parent picking up your student, please stay clear of the area.”

CASPER, Wyo. — Natrona County High School will be dismissed at 3:20 p.m. Thursday, October 7 after the school was evacuated over a safety threat. The Natrona County School District has not specified the nature of the threat but said that all students and staff were safely out of the building.

Parents can report to the parking lot of First Christian Church off of Spruce Street to pick up their students if they so choose at 3:20 p.m.

“Students and staff cannot return to the building until it has been officially cleared by local law enforcement,” NCSD officials said Thursday just after 3:00 p.m. “Please wait for further information on after-school activities, events, and athletics.”

Officials say NCHS bus transportation students will walk with NCHS supervision to the NCSD Bus Hub for end-of-the-day transportation as their normal schedules would identify.

More information will be provided as available.

Natrona County High School was evacuated on Thursday afternoon as a “precautionary measure due to a report of a suspected safety threat to the school,” NCSD said at around 2:45 p.m.

Local law enforcement was on scene and students and staff were reported as safe.

Oil City reporters on scene are reporting a heavy police presence at the school entrance. One officer was reportedly carrying a long gun and law enforcement K-9 units were also observed.

Students were seen heading toward buses and leaving school at around 3:26 p.m. with no new police activity observed. Some students could be heard talking about having left books, car keys and other items inside the school with the inability to retrieve them.