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Muskego High School lockdown was a case of better safe than sorry

Muskego High School, site of a lockdown on March. 5.

Muskego High School, site of a lockdown on March. 5. Photo By C.T. Kruger

March 8, 2013

Muskego - Despite this week's lockdown at Muskego High School, there was never any danger, Muskego police said.

The school called the lockdown after a father reported to police at 1:24 p.m. Tuesday that his son wasn't in school that day and a pistol was missing from the home, said Muskego Police Lt. David Constantineau.

Nature of incident

Because the father said his son was upset over a relationship at school, the school was locked down and searched, and students went home early under the supervision of police.

The 19-year-old was taken into protective custody at 6:12 p.m. that evening without incident at a friend's home, Constantineau said.

He did have the gun. As a result, authorities are exploring a charge against the student of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, Constantineau said.

But the student had not threatened anyone, police emphasized.

"There was never any threat, direct or indirect to any student or staff member at the school," Constantineau said.

Safety steps

But the father's call to police did set off a chain reaction intended to ensure student safety.

First, authorities alerted the police officer who serves at Muskego High School. She, in turn, alerted high school administrators, who declared a lockdown almost immediately, Constantineau said.

Classroom doors were locked and other measures taken, said Superintendent Kelly Thompson.

The school was searched and when no threat was found inside or outside, the students were dismissed under a controlled release supervised by school staff and police.

"At no time were students ever in any danger," Constantineau said, or they would not have been released.

Normally, dismissal time is bedlam, Constantineau said, but the controlled release was used because there had already been too much commotion that afternoon and no one wanted anything else to happen because students were distracted.

A heavy police presence was maintained mainly to make students and staff feel safe, he added.

The response was swift and smooth, Thompson said, which probably helped students as well as staff feel safer.

"We were well-coordinated," and worked it by the plan, she said.

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