UPDATE: NCSD said at 12:19 p.m. Thursday the heightened awareness statuses at NCHS, Dean Morgan and Park Elemenatary have been lifted. Normal school operations have resumed.
CASPER, Wyo. — No guns were found on the Natrona County High School campus after school officials received a report that students may have brought guns to the campus, the Natrona County School District said at around 11:24 a.m. Thursday.
After NCHS received the report of possible students with guns on campus, law enforcement and NCHS staff immediately responded. Two students were taken into custody.
“Officials went directly to the students identified in the report, removed the students and their belongings from the classroom, and secured the situation,” NCSD said. “The students then remained in the security of law enforcement and the NCHS administration. Again, no guns were located.”
“In the immediate investigation, a third student was identified as a potential connection to the report.”
A school lockout at NCHS was called as a precautionary measure after the report of possible guns on campus. That lockout was lifted at around 10:43 a.m. Thursday but a heightened awareness status will remain at NCHS, Dean Morgan Junior High and Park Elementary as a precaution with increased law enforcement presence, NCSD said.
If there are any disciplinary consequences for students as a result of the report Thursday, NCSD said those will be handled according to its Extreme Behavior Guidelines.
“We want to share our appreciation for the reporting party,” NCSD said. “It is critically important that if you see something or hear something, you say something to a trusted adult, parent, teacher, or law enforcement individual.”
“School safety is the priority of NCSD. Any threats made, or safety issues identified, will absolutely be addressed and disciplinary consequences will be provided, as applicable, in alignment with policy and law. While this investigation is ongoing, we can identify that no direct threat was made, or guns found, in response to this report.”