Shooting Threat Handled by Police & School Administrators - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Shooting Threat Handled by Police & School Administrators

Posted: Updated:

RICHLAND, WA. - Monday got off to a disturbing start at a Richland school. Students at Hanford High went into lockdown as police searched the campus for a possible gunman.

School administrators and local police worked together this morning. They followed protocol and although the situation could have possibly been dangerous, everything went according to plan.

"A person had been talking in a social chat room about bringing a firearm to Hanford High School and causing death or injury," explained Captain Mike Cobb of the Richland Police Department.

While police refused to release too many details about what exactly was said in the threat as part of their ongoing investigation, they assured us the words used were reason enough to react and put the plans in motion to lockdown the school. Words like "watch the news…people will be killed," were in the post. The lockdown started around 9:45 am and lasted for about 45 minutes.

"Typically what happens is any blinds or curtain are drawn shut and then the classroom doors are locked so there are no students walking the hallways during this time," said Steve Aagaard the director of communications at the Richland School District.

After police searched through the building, they did not find anything suspicious or dangerous to the students. The lockdown was lifted and school resumed normal operations. Everyone went on with their day, but police tell us one thing that can be taken from Monday's happenings is that they are prepared..

"The system worked as it was designed," said Cobb. "The system worked as it was drilled and the next time we have a threat, and there will be a next time, it's going to work then too."

Police tell us the threat was aimed at a Hanford High, but it did not specify which one. The school district contacted another Hanford High in California to warn them that they could be the target. Police will continue an investigation into the source of the threat.

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Tri-CitiesTri-Cities NewsMore>>

  • Help Center Monday: Mental health

    Help Center Monday: Mental health

    Monday, July 16 2018 8:46 PM EDT2018-07-17 00:46:33 GMT

    For this week's help center, we had several specialists come in to answer your questions about mental health. 

    More >>

    For this week's help center, we had several specialists come in to answer your questions about mental health. 

    More >>
  • House approves Newhouse bill honoring fallen Richland Marine

    House approves Newhouse bill honoring fallen Richland Marine

    Monday, July 16 2018 5:52 PM EDT2018-07-16 21:52:57 GMT

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation H.R. 5504, to designate the U.S. Postal Service facility at 4801 West Van Giesen Street in West Richland, Washington as the “Sergeant Dietrich Schmieman Post Office.” 

    More >>

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation H.R. 5504, to designate the U.S. Postal Service facility at 4801 West Van Giesen Street in West Richland, Washington as the “Sergeant Dietrich Schmieman Post Office.” 

    More >>
  • Benton County voters to see changes in the Primary Elections

    Benton County voters to see changes in the Primary Elections

    Monday, July 16 2018 4:41 PM EDT2018-07-16 20:41:02 GMT

    The Benton County Auditor is pleased to announce some exciting changes to the ballot for Benton County voters. 

    More >>

    The Benton County Auditor is pleased to announce some exciting changes to the ballot for Benton County voters. 

    More >>