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Lockdown Ends at Washington Elementary School in Pendleton

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PENDLETON, Oregon - Pendleton Police say there is no longer a viable threat at Washington Elementary School.

The Pendleton School District says the school went into lockdown at 8:14 Tuesday morning, after someone told police they saw a person carrying a gun on Southeast Byers Avenue. 

Officers say it turned out the person was actually a hunter, using an airsoft gun to hunt rodents in the area.  The Principal ended the lockdown at 8:19 when police said there was no longer a threat.

"We appreciate community members being responsible and contacting police when they have a concern that could impact one of our schools," said Tricia Mooney, Assistant Superintendent of the Pendleton School District. "We have a great relationship with the Pendleton Police Department and are thankful for their immediate response and resolve of this situation to keep our students and staff safe."  

Mooney says Washington Elementary still decided to complete the full lockdown scenario as a drill for staff and students. During a lockdown situation, staff members secure students inside classrooms, keeping them away from windows and entrances, and no entry is allowed in or out of the building.  Mooney said staff and students followed procedures exactly as they should during the short lockdown. 

"Safety is our top priority in the District, and Principal Thompson, students and staff did a great job in following the procedures we have in place to keep students and staff safe," Mooney said.

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