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Horse Heaven Hills Middle School Goes Into 30 Minute Lockdown After Gun Threats

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School district officials say the lockdown lasted 30 minutes. School district officials say the lockdown lasted 30 minutes.

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KENNEWICK, WA- Kennewick Police is sending out more details behind the Horse Heaven Hills lockdown:

"At about 9:30 this morning a student at Horse Heaven middle school alerted staff that they had been told by a friend of a potential threat being made by another juvenile male to 'shoot the school'. To ensure the safety of students the school went on lock down, alerted police, and confirmed that the juvenile male making the potential threat was not at the school. Kennewick Police responded to the school, while at the same time contacted the juvenile suspect at his home.


Investigation revealed that there was not an immediate credible threat. The juvenile male that was reported to have made the statement was arrested on an unrelated arrest warrant. Investigation into potential threats being made, and into the validity of the statements that there had been a threat made is being conducted. Investigation will be reviewed by Benton County Prosecutor's Office.


The school was on lock down for a short period of time, which was lifted as soon as it was determined that there was not a direct threat to the safety of the students. The involved juveniles were 13 & 14 years old."

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KENNEWICK, WA- The Kennewick School District tells NBC Right Now Horse Heaven Hills Middle School went into a modified lockdown on Friday.

Around 9:15 a.m. a student told teachers they received a text message about a gun threat toward the school. The school district says KPD officers were immediately informed and the school went into a modified lockdown as a precautionary measure.

Officers did identify the person making these threats, they say he or she was not on campus and was taken into police custody.

School district officials say the lockdown lasted 30 minutes. 

"The safety of students is always are first priority and we are thankful to the student who reported the message in a timely manner and the quick response by Kennewick police officers.  Please be reminded in the event of a school lockdown, parents should not drive to the school to pick up their child(ren) until the lockdown is lifted. During a lockdown, all doors are locked and streets may be blocked by law enforcement. Thank you for your cooperation and allowing our police officers to do their job," said Diana Burns, Horse Heaven Hills Principal.
 

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