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Police responding to possible incident in Great Falls

Paris Gibson Education Center
Posted at 11:49 AM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 14:10:39-05

We have received several messages from people saying that there is a large police presence at or near Paris Gibson Education Center.

It's located at Central Avenue and 25th Street.

We have also received one unconfirmed report that the school has implemented shelter-in-place or possibly lock-down security measures.

We have not received any reports of possible or confirmed threats, danger, or injuries.

We are working to get details and verifying the messages, and will update you when we get information.

(UPDATE, 11:50 a.m.) Christina Redfern said that she drove by at about 11:45 a.m. and saw just two police vehicles, kids were walking around outside, and there does not appear to be any danger or crisis.

Here are the definitions of key safety terms used by the Great Falls Public School District:

  • Evacuation: Defined as an internal emergency that requires students and staff to leave the building for their safety. Parents should follow emergency notifications.
  • Lockdown: Defined as an internal and/or immediate threat. All staff and students are locked in rooms. No one IN or OUT!
  • Shelter In Place: Defined as a safety precaution for an 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.
    • To ensure safety, the building administrator may ask staff to escort students to/from buses or waiting cars.
    • Staff may also be asked to accompany students home.