Threat briefly places Thurman White Middle School on lockdown

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A school within the Clark County School district was briefly placed on a lockdown Tuesday.

The hour lockdown placed on Thurman White Middle School ended shortly before 2 p.m.

The following ParentLink message was sent to parents:

“This is Andrea Katona, principal at Thurman White Middle School.

I want to let you know that our school was placed in a lockdown around 1 o’clock this afternoon as a precautionary measure due to a report of a threat directed at the school.

Clark County School District Police were contacted and are present on our campus while they investigate the matter. We will maintain the lockdown status until the officers give us clearance to release from the lockdown status.

As a result of the lockdown, please do not come to the school as you will not be allowed to enter the building. Your child/children are in a safe environment, and we would like to thank you for your cooperation. 

We will follow up with another ParentLink message once the lockdown has been lifted and we reopen the campus. “

CCSD Police said the school received a phone call in which someone made a direct threat toward the school, so the school was immediately placed on lockdown as a precaution.

The lockdown was lifted before the school day ended at 2:05 p.m. Students were released at their regular time.

One student said he was thankful for the way his teacher handled the situation.

“My teacher he was like just stay calm and just keep working and just be calm and it was very nice that he was very calm so it helped everyone with the vibe and energy,” said Byron Vaca, 6th-grade student.

Byron said his teacher also let all of the students use his cell phone to call their parents and tell them they were ok.

CCSD Police said they did try to locate the person who called the school, but they couldn’t trace the call.

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