Southwestern School District officials hope for a non-eventful Friday after a district-wide lockdown today (Thursday). The increased security in the form of an added police presence, and close scrutiny of items being brought to school came on the heels of an anonymous threat found in a high school classroom. The nature of the threat was not revealed in a message that was sent to parents last (Wednesday) night, and Supreintendent Brad Skertich also declined to go into details.
Law enforcement was present on all campuses, screenings were conducted prior to entering the high school and middle school facilities, and no visitors were allowed on the high school or middle school campus. Skertich also declined comment on the nature of the threat, other than to say the threat has been eliminated, and that all school buildings will resume normal operations on Friday.
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