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Student with Knives Prompted Superior Middle School "Lock-Hold"

Taylor Holt
Updated: May 08, 2019 06:18 PM

A Superior Middle School student who brought knives to school prompted Tuesday's "Lock-Hold". The Police Department and Superior School District shed more light on why it was necessary and how it was handled Wednesday. 

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Police officials said the school was locked down around 9:30 a.m. and according to the District, for approximately 20 minutes because a student brought two knifes to school. One knife fell out of a student's clothing while playing in the gym. The student admitted to having the knife and pointed out another knife in the gym. The school was locked down while the gym and the student's locker were searched, and no other weapons were located. 

The incident was handled by the Assistant Principal and the Police School Liaison Officer. One parent says she was notified around 11 a.m. via email and later, saw a post on Facebook but says that's not enough. 

They basically just stated there was a lockdown, and didn't say why. In the letter, it came off like it was a practice lockdown, which it wasn't. It was a danger and I think they should call parents," said Alexandra Doll, who has a daughter at the school. "I think that they should start younger in the elementary school with reinforcing that violence is not going to be taken lightly in any way. I think they take it way too lightly and that's why we end up with situations like this." 

Both the School District and Police Department say the student did not make threats. 

They also said that a 'lock-hold' is appropriate when there is minimal risk to the safety of the school, as there was in this case.  A 'lockdown' would be initiated if there was a risk to the safety of the school, as in an active intruder. The Police Liaison Officer can call for back-up, if needed. However, no further police support was needed in this instance.  

District officials went on to say, they take their duty to protect students very seriously. 

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