LONGMONT, Colo. — Two juveniles were taken into custody after Silver Creek High School was on lockdown for about two hours Wednesday, according to a post on the school's website.
Just before 9:50 a.m., Longmont Police (LPD) said they received a call regarding a juvenile - who is a student at a different high school - from the juvenile's brother. The caller was concerned about his brother's welfare, police said.
The caller also told police that a firearm was missing from the family's home, police said. When officers did not find the juvenile at home, the school was placed on lockdown around 10:40 a.m. due to its closeness to the student's home, police said. Altona Middle, Blue Mountain and Eagle Crest elementary schools were also on secure status, according to a post on Silver Creek's website.
The juvenile and another juvenile were found a short while later - not on school property - and were taken into custody, LPD said. Police said the gun was recovered, but not on school property.
Police said they did not know if the second juvenile was a student at Silver Creek High School.
At 12:45 p.m., Silver Creek posted an update saying secure status had been lifted at all of the schools.
"The Secure Status has been lifted for Silver Creek, Altona, Eagle Crest, and Blue Mountain," the update read. "All students are safe and normal school operations have resumed. The schools will provide additional information regarding today’s event shortly. Student safety is our highest priority and we thank you for your continued support to ensure the safety of our community."
Lockout v. Lockdown
A lockout and lockdown are different and have different implications for students and parents.
A lockout takes place when there is a safety concern that is not an immediate threat to a school. For example, the police may be pursuing a vehicle in the neighborhood around a school, and the school’s safety department determines that the school should enact a lockout as a precautionary measure.
In lockouts, students and staff remain inside the school building, and school activities continue as normal, with students and staff moving securely within the school. A lockout means no one comes in or goes out of the building. Students and staff are unlikely to notice a difference unless the lockout occurs near a transition time.
A lockdown takes place when there is a safety concern regarding a potential threat to a school. A lockdown will also be enacted if there is a perceived threat within the school.
In a lockdown, students and staff are secured in the school, staff does not communicate and parents are not allowed on-site. Lockdowns are generally enacted when there is a serious threat.
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