Student with folding shovel prompts Meridian, ID school lockdown

Student with folding shovel prompts Meridian, ID school lockdown

Credit: Troy Colson / KTVB

Police vehicles are parked outside of the Heritage Middle School in Meridian in response to reports of an armed suspect who entered the school.

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by KTVB.COM

KREM.com

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 2:11 PM

MERIDIAN -- A student carrying a folding, military-style shovel prompted police action at Heritage Middle School Thursday.

The school was put into lockdown around 9 a.m. Thursday after authorities received a report of an armed suspect in the school, located at 4990 North Meridian Road.

Meridian police weren't initially sure what type of weapon the suspect was carrying. However, Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea says officers eventually located the male teen, and determined the shovel was being used as a prop.

They don't plan to charge the student with any crime.

The lockdown ended shortly before 11 a.m.

SUSPICIOUS TEEN REPORTED

District spokesman Eric Exline said a student and a staff member saw a male teen walking down a school hallway with something suspicious and reported it to the school's resource officer.

Basterrechea says it was at that point that the resource officer decided to call for a lockdown.

OTHER SCHOOLS TAKE PRECAUTIONS

Nearby Rocky Mountain High School, Paramount Elementary, Prospect Elementary, Sawtooth Middle School were put in "shelter in place" mode, which means students weren't allowed to leave those schools for the time being.

Exline says those schools took the measure as a precaution.

PARENTS GIVEN INSTRUCTIONS

District officials say concerned parents are able to pick up their children at the school gymnasium if they choose to. Otherwise, classes will continue as scheduled.

Throughout the lockdown, officials with Meridian police asked parents to gather at the nearby LDS Church

Roads in the immediate vicinity of Heritage Middle School were closed throughout the incident. Traffic is expected to be backed-up for several hours.

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