Lockdown lifted at three Emporia public schools

Published: Sep. 20, 2022 at 1:33 PM CDT
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EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW) - The lockdown for Emporia Middle School and Emporia High School is over, officials said.

KVOE reported that on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 20, USD 253 Emporia Public Schools locked down at least three of its school buildings.

At 1:30 p.m., Emporia High School, Emporia Middle School and the USD 253 Transitions Building were all under lockdown.

According to EPD Captain Ray Mattis, the lockdown at Emporia High School and Emporia Middle School ended just after 3:45 p.m. EPD said at this time there is no criminal investigation and they were acting “out of abundance of caution.”

According to reports from the district, the high school was allegedly in a level two lockdown with both transitions and the middle school in a level one lockdown.

The Emporia Police Department tells 13 NEWS that it received unverified threats to students at Emporia High School.

The following statement was released from the Emporia School District: “Out of an abundance of caution Emporia High School was placed on a Level 2 lockdown earlier today due to an unverified threat. The administration placed EHS in a Level 2 lockdown and contacted the Emporia Police Department and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department. Following the guidelines of our school board policy, students’ possessions were searched by administrators and district security officers with the supervision of law enforcement. After further investigation and collaboration with the police department, it was determined the threat was not credible and students were dismissed at the end of the school day after all lockdowns were lifted.