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Lebanon High School placed on lockdown after potential threat

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Lebanon High School

Lebanon High School was placed on lockdown Friday morning, Dec. 3, after officials there learned of a potential threat to the campus. Local law enforcement investigated and confirmed the report was false.

According to Lebanon police, the call came in around 8:31 a.m. The school's lockdown was lifted at 9:01 a.m., according to LPD.

Nearby Cascades and Green Acres elementary schools were also put into a lockout condition for security. 

According to a news release from Lebanon Community Schools, staff members at Lebanon High were notified a student may have had a weapon on campus. The news release said, “a student was overheard and misunderstood by a peer," which caused rumors to circulate. Eventually a parent spoke up. 

Oregon State Police and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office responded to the school as well, according to LPD. Officials from Lebanon police confirmed there was no active shooter on the school’s campus. 

"Nobody was arrested, and there was no gun located," Lebanon police Lt. Ryan Padua said. 

The high school serves 1,182 students and 56 teachers. The LHS School Resource Officer is Stephen Fountain. 

“As is always the case following these incidents, we are analyzing actions and systems to ensure that, should this happen again, we continue to respond efficiently to keep students and staff safe,” the school district's news release states. “Thank you for the part you play in supporting safety in our community.”

Maddie Pfeifer covers public safety for Mid-Valley Media. She can be contacted at 541-812-6091 or Madison.Pfeifer@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter via @maddiepfeifer_

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