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A second soft lockdown at LASD

April 11, 2019

The Ludington High school, O.J. DeJonge Middle and Franklin Elementary school was placed into a lockdown situation at 7:54 a.m. Wednesday morning following the report of a bomb threat by a student to a school official, according to Superintendent Jason Kennedy.

Kennedy, in a statement placed on the district’s website, said school officials were notified by a teacher after being informed by others a students came to one of the secondary schools with bricks and a bomb in their backpack.

Kennedy further wrote that the schools, including Franklin because of its location, was placed into a precautionary soft lockdown so that the matter could be investigated and the level of threat could be determined.

The student was identified, detained and the district’s school resource officer was on scene and worked with law enforcement officials until the threat was found to not be credible, according to Kennedy.

“The student admitted to making the statement while ‘joking around with friends,’ no explosive devices or materials used in those types of devices were found, the student was removed from the school, and the district lifted the lockdown at 8:08 a.m. Both the student and the student’s family have fully cooperated with school and law enforcement officials in the handling of this case,” Kennedy wrote in the statement.

This is the second soft lockdown at the district in less than a week, the other occurring on Thursday, April 4, when school officials were notified by high school students that they had received a threating image that was sent to the personal phone through AirDrop. AirDrop is a service that allows the user to instantly share information with people nearby.

Since the sender of the image was not known at the time, the school went into a soft lockdown, Kennedy wrote in a statement on the district’s website after the incident.

Kennedy said that if a soft lockdown occurs in the district, students and staff are removed from the hallways and sent to the classrooms. Students remain in the classroom and teachers continue with their lesson plans. It is done as a precautionary measure so that the level of threat can be assessed.

“Unverified threats, bomb threats and other unverified conditions may cause the school to enter into a soft lockdown,” he said.

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