Casper schools have lockouts following threats Friday

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Four Casper schools had lockouts Friday due to two separate incidents. Casper Police Department spokesperson Rebekah Ladd said they’re unrelated in a press release.

A Casper Police car parked outside Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyo. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2019.

She said around 9:10 a.m., Natrona County High School, Dean Morgan Junior High School and Park Elementary School started lockouts. It came after a report of a suspicious person carrying a gun was on the NCHS campus. The lockouts were lifted around 10:45 a.m.

The report was false. It was made by a kid using the Safe2Tell system, which provides a confidential space for students and staff to report suspicious behavior. During the investigation, which Ladd said is still ongoing, police identified the minor whom they arrested. Police are recommending the kid be charged with one felony count of making terroristic threats.

Natrona County School District spokesperson Tanya Southerland said Dean Morgan Junior High and Park Elementary School both went under precautionary lockouts. This means nobody was allowed to enter or exit either building. NCHS, however, was placed under a secure in-place lockout. This meant students and staff were confined to their classrooms.

Around 10:40 a.m., Casper Classical Academy went into a lockout. Casper Police responded and searched the building. Ladd said they found no substantiated threat. The lockout was lifted about 30 minutes later. The incident is still under investigation.

Southerland said counselors were provided for students who needed them following Friday’s incidents.