Threats put Nebraska school in lockout

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Chappell, Neb. (KNOP) - A threat, left on a bathroom stall in the Creek Valley High School, made school officials and law enforcement take action at a West Nebraska school.

After the discovery of the threat Wednesday, students attended school as usual at the high school and elementary. However, law enforcement presence was part of their day.

All people entering had to have any bags they carried in, searched. In fact, in a notice sent out to the staff and students; it was recommended that they leave any bags home unless they were absolutely necessary.

High school principal Patrick Ningen said the hallways were pretty quiet as students were not allowed to move around the school much. Also, no students could leave without adult supervision. And, the campus was closed for lunch. Students were told to bring a lunch or they could be bussed to the lunchroom at the elementary.

State patrol and Sheriff's department officers were at both schools all day. They were also patrolling the area. Principal Ningen said that similar protocol would continue until certainty of staff and student safety could be made without it. He made every assurance that the safety of all was the most important factor, and that he believes with the protocol in place, everyone is safe now.

There was no comment concerning the progress of the case. Principal Ningen said that the investigation is ongoing, and while he hopes it was a "joke," it will not be taken as a joke. He could not comment on what the consequences will be for the individual or individuals responsible for this very serious situation.

Creek Valley School officials are telling the public about a terroristic threat written on a bathroom restroom stall in Chappell. Through a released statement, the school says the threat stated March 1st as the date of occurance.

The school says they are taking the threat seriously and so is the Deuel County Sheriff's office. The High School and Elementary School are in a lockout for today. Officials say all bags will be searched and all exterior doors are locked. All high school and elementary students must enter the building through the main entrance to begin the school day.

School officials say classes will continue as normal. High school students passing between buildings will have a staff escort at all times. Campus will be closed for lunch. This means students must either ride the bus to the elementary and back for lunch, or bring a lunch and eat it at the high school. No students will be allowed to walk or get rides at lunch time.

The statement says the high school and elementary buildings will have police presence throughout the day.

The administration of Creek Valley Schools says the kids’ safety is of the utmost importance. They plan to be vigilant in making the schools a safe and open place to learn.

People are asked to call the school at 308-874-3310 if they have any information about the alleged terroristic threat.

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