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Threat temporarily closes Anaconda High School

Posted at 4:29 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 21:09:50-05

ANACONDA — UPDATE: 1/28/2021 - 6:40 PM -
A student at Anaconda High School phoned in an anonymous threat to do a shooting at the school at about noon on Thursday.

Superintendent Justin Barnes says in a notice posted on the school website that the district followed its lockdown procedures.

School officials worked with local law enforcement "the entire time and worked in conjunction through the remainder of the school day," Barnes said.

Barnes added that while it was determined the threat was "minimal." However, as per protocols, after school activities and sporting events have all been postponed. "As always we understand that some parents or members of the community may be upset that they were not notified sooner but the district focuses on the safety of its staff and students as its utmost priority," the message reads. "There are procedural safeguards in place for exactly these situations. Notifying parents at the time of discovery and based upon the type of threat would have potentially created a significantly larger threat," the statement concluded.

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There was a student at Anaconda High school who phoned in an anonymous threat to do a shooting at the school at about noon on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021.

Schools went on lock-down, and police eventually located the student who made the threat and took him into custody at about 3 p.m. Everyone is safe and school will continue as usual tomorrow.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is released.