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UPDATE: Douglas High School student received threatening text, put district in secure status Wednesday

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Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 9:34 AM MDT
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BOX ELDER, S.D. (KEVN) - UPDATE, 10 p.m.

Earlier this morning, the Douglas School District briefly went into lockdown after concerning text messages were sent by a student on social media.

It resulted in an immediate lockdown, where outside doors are locked, visitors escorted outside and minimal movement is allowed inside the building, all while learning continued. The student was quickly identified and detained. The lockdown was lifted after almost 20 minutes and there is no continuing threat to staff or students. The student was taken into custody pending criminal charges.

If anyone is concerned or aware of any dangers to the community or schools, text “SAFE” to 82257 to report suspicious behaviors, threats, or serious concerns.

Douglas School District temporarily placed all its schools on secured status for about 20 minutes Wednesday morning.

According to a post on the Douglas Schools Facebook page, all schools in the district were placed on secured status due to a possible threat at Douglas High School.

9:08 Update: The secured status was lifted after law enforcement was confident there was no longer a safety concern. It...

Posted by Douglas School District on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Secured status means no one is allowed to enter or exit the building and that there is little movement inside the school building, but normal learning takes place.

The secured status was lifted after law enforcement was confident there was no longer a safety concern.

Black Hills Fox reached out to the superintendent for comment regarding the threat and hasn’t heard back yet.

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