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School district releases statement on two lockout situations this morning

NCHS was on lockout on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Park Elementary and Dean Morgan Junior High were also put on lockout earlier in the day. (Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. – The Natrona County School District issued a release adding details to the cause of four school lockouts earlier today.

According to the release, the lockouts were the result of two different situations.

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The first caused the lockout of NCHS as well as Dean Morgan Junior High and Park Elementary.

Those lockouts were the result of a Safe2Tell report that “identified a suspicious person on the campus of Natrona County High School.”

“As soon as these reports are received by District officials and law enforcement, immediate actions are taken to secure the school environment,” said the release.

After NCHS was in lockout, law enforcement swept the building for any potential safety concerns. Dean Morgan and Park were placed on lockout as a precautionary measure, the release says.

Later this morning another Safe2Tell tip reported a “potential safety concern to Casper Classical Academy.” The school district then put CCA and the adjacent Student Support Services building on lockout as law enforcement authorities responded to the call.

Both threats were later determined to be unsubstantiated, the release says, and normal school activities ensued.

The release says law enforcement will provide information on the reports at a later time.

“We know our parents, guardians, and community members entrust us with their children and loved ones each day,” the release continued.

“We work diligently, with local law enforcement, to ensure school environments are safe and secure and serve as exceptional learning and teaching environments. We are committed to providing a safe environment.”

The full school district release can be seen below:

Today, October 18th, 2019 two separate situations occurred that created a need for multiple NCSD schools (NCHS, DMJH, Park, CCA, and Student Support Services) to go into lockout and/or secure in place.

Student and staff safety is the priority of the Natrona County School District. We are committed to ensuring our environments are safe and healthy for all students, staff, and school visitors.

First, a Safe2Tell report was received that identified a suspicious person on the campus of Natrona County High School. As soon as these reports are received by District officials and law enforcement, immediate actions are taken to secure the school environment. That is our priority.

NCHS, Park Elementary, and DMJH went into lockout. As more information was received, NCHS went into a secure in place, which identifies students and staff remain in their classrooms while law enforcement sweeps the building to clear it of any potential safety concern as related to the report. Two other schools, within the proximity of NCHS, were also placed on a precautionary lockout. Law Enforcement immediately responded to NCHS upon receiving the report.

Safe2Tell Wyoming is a confidential reporting program that allows real-time information and conversations to be held by the reporting party and law enforcement dispatch officials. As more information is received, additional operations or actions may be taken to secure the school environment and the safety of students, staff, and school visitors. We work to diligently update parents/guardians and staff at the affected school(s). Additionally, information is shared via other communications avenues for our community.

Later, a second and unrelated Safe2Tell tip was received that reported a potential safety concern to Casper Classical Academy. District officials placed CCA and Student Support Services on a lockout. Law Enforcement immediately responded to CCA and the surrounding campus. It was quickly identified there was no substantiated threat to Casper Classical Academy or the surrounding campus.

During this time, the lockouts at DMJH and Park Elementary were in the process of being lifted and normal school operations resumed. Very soon after, the secure in place at Natrona County High School was lifted. It was identified there was no threat to NCHS and law enforcement officers had cleared the building. Communications were ongoing to parents and guardians, and the community, to share updates as available.

Both threats were determined to be unsubstantiated. However, we must respond – immediately – as if they were.
Local law enforcement will provide more information – as applicable – at a later date.

We know our parents, guardians, and community members entrust us with their children and loved ones each day. We work diligently, with local law enforcement, to ensure school environments are safe and secure and serve as exceptional learning and teaching environments. We are committed to providing a safe environment.

We want to thank our students, parents, guardians, and staff members for your dedication to keeping your schools and each other safe. You each play a critical and paramount role in providing an exceptional and safe learning environment for students. You are appreciated.

We want to thank our dedicated law enforcement for their superior policing services and the dedication they have to keep our community…their community…safe.