Dec 6, 2012 3:07 PM by Jen Fenter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
New information about the brief shelter-in-place at several Great Falls schools.
Great Falls school district officials tell us that U.S. Marshals were involved in the pursuit of a vehicle of a person of interest.
The person got out of the vehicle and fled on foot near Great Falls High School.
The shelter-in-place was enacted as a precaution as 12:15 pm, and was lifted at 12:33 pm.
We have not yet been able to confirm that the person of interest has been apprehended, but school officials are confident that there is no threat to students or faculty.
We are working to get more information and will update you when we have more details.
Here are the definitions of key safety terms used by the Great Falls Public School District:
Evacuation: Defined as an internal threat such as fire that requires students and staff to leave the building for their safety.
Lockdown: Defined as an internal threat and/or immediate threat. No one IN or OUT without administrator approval.
Shelter In Place: Defined as a safety precaution taken for possible external threat that is not an immediate or internal threat.
Class Hold: Defined as a safety precaution implemented during an incident where students need to be kept in the classroom.
Release with Care: Defined as a possible threat in the schools' neighborhoods during arrival and release time. Release with care procedures.
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(FIRST REPORT, 12:40 pm) Several schools in Great Falls were briefly placed on lock-down and/or shelter-in-place status shortly after noon on Thursday.
A school district official tells us that the schools affected were Great Falls High School, Paris Gibson Education Center, Longfellow Elementary School, and Our Lady Of Lourdes.
The official did not know the reason for the temporary lock-down.
There are no reports at this time that any students or faculty were in any danger.
We are working to get more information and will update you as we learn more.