(Update: School district, police release statement; gun shutdown reported but nothing found)
Redmond, OR. (KTVZ) — Ridgeview High School in southwest Redmond was put under lockdown for nearly 100 minutes Thursday afternoon as police investigated a report of a student on campus with a gun, but later said no gun was found and no arrests were made. on anyone. made.
This is the full text of a press release issued by the school district and the police late Thursday afternoon.
Joint media statement by the Redmond School District and the Police Department regarding the security of Ridgeview High School
REDMOND, Oregon – At approximately 12:43 p.m. today, December 9, 2021, Ridgeview High School was closed after staff received a report of a student on campus with a gun. Redmond Police were notified and responded immediately. The students were kept indoors for approximately 98 minutes.
Currently, there is no known threat to students or staff at Ridgeview High School. No arrests were made. There are no injuries, and all students and staff are fine.
Students were released from their classrooms starting around 2:10 pm, and all students were outside the building around 2:30 pm
Students and staff were quick and cooperative in their response to the closure order, which allowed staff and law enforcement to ensure the safety of the campus and students. Redmond Police, with the help of school staff, conducted a thorough investigation, including speaking to students who may have known about the rifle reported on campus. No evidence of a firearm was found on campus.
A closure occurs when a threat occurs within a school facility. When this happens, our school and classroom doors are locked, lights are turned off and students are asked to remain silent while the threat is addressed by law enforcement. We train on a regular basis with students and staff using the I Love U Guys Foundation’s standard response protocol.
Closures are painful for students and staff, and we recognize that these incidents have both short- and long-term effects. Redmond School District will have additional staff at Ridgeview High School tomorrow to talk to students.
Redmond School District spokeswoman Sheila Miller said at about 1 p.m. that the closure — a security measure that means closing all exterior and interior doors and accommodating students and staff — was in place for only a few minutes, but she did not. additional information. (One parent in the building told NewsChannel 21 that it started around 12:30 p.m.)
At about 1:35 p.m., the school district issued this statement:
“Ridgeview High School is currently closed. Redmond Police are on the scene. We have secured the building and have contacted all RVHS families to inform them. We are asking families not to come to the school site to pick up their students. We will release more information as soon as possible.”
Redmond Police posted two minutes on their Facebook page that officers were at the site “investigating reports of suspicious activity. As a precaution, students and staff have been placed in a confined space.”
At about 2:15 p.m., Jordan Williams of NewsChannel 21 tweeted that he “saw two groups of students coming out of the east side” of the school.
Just before 2:30 PM this update came from the school district:
“The lockdown in Ridgeview has been lifted. We have sent out a phone call to all of the Ridgeview families to let them know. Students will be released via our lockdown protocol and buses will operate as normal. Students released at 2:20pm. We will share more information when we get it.” .
Ridgeview High School opened on SW Elkhorn Avenue in 2012 and has more than 1,000 students.
NewsChannel 21 has a reporter and photographer on site and is awaiting more details from the police. We’ll update as soon as we have more information to share.