UPDATE: 10:51 a.m.
Meridian Police have ended the lockdown of Heritage Middle School, which went on alert this morning when a student and staff member said they spotted a young man carrying a suspicious object.
Police confirmed late this morning that they have identified the young man, and the object was determined to be a military-type shovel.
While classes are resuming at the school and nearby schools, which were placed on a "shelter in place" status, parents are being allowed to pick up their children.
Police said their investigation was continuing but the young man was a student who had apparently brought the military shovel into the school as part of a class project.
UPDATE: 10:40 a.m.
Officials with the Meridian School District say they're preparing to release students to the custody of parents following a scare this morning at Heritage Middle School on North Meridian Road, north of East McMillan Road.
While roads surrounding Heritage Middle School remain blocked off, parents are being cautioned to go the LDS Church at 3775 E. Ustick Road, where they can wait to pick up their children. Police will also be at the LDS Church to brief parents on the status.
Heritage Middle School was placed on lockdown earlier today, when a student and staff member said they spotted a young man, perhaps a teenager, walking through the hallways of the school with a "suspicious object," possibly a weapon.
Students at Heritage Middle School were secured in their classrooms while police conducted a room-by-room search.
Meanwhile, Paramount Elementary, Prospect Elementary, Rocky Mountain High and Sawtooth Middle Schools were placed on a status of "shelter in place," meaning exterior doors were locked but classes were resuming per normal.
UPDATE 10:20 a.m.
Meridian Police will not confirm the type of weapon that a student and teacher said they spotted this morning, when they said they noticed an armed suspect walking inside Heritage Middle School, shortly after 9 a.m. An initial report said the suspect, perhaps a teenager, was carrying an axe.
Meridian Police continue to conduct a room-by-room search of the school while classes remain on lockdown, meaning students are being held in their classrooms.
Meanwhile, nearby schools—Paramount Elementary, Prospect Elementary, Rocky Mountain High and Sawtooth Middle School—have each been placed on a "shelter in place" status, meaning exterior doors are locked but classes are being held as scheduled.
Ada County Sheriff's deputies and Star Police are also on the scene, assisting the Meridian Police Department
UPDATE: 9:50 a.m.
Meridian Police report that officers began a room-by-room search of Heritage Middle School at approximately 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
Law enforcement is responding to a report of a man, or student, walking through the school while holding an axe.
According to a Meridian School District spokesperson, a student and teacher said they they spotted a young man, perhaps a teenager, in a school hallway, carrying "something suspicious."
School officials have put Heritage Middle School on lockdown, meaning students are secured in their classrooms. Meanwhile, police have closed off surrounding streets near the building which is located at 4900 North Meridian Road, north of McMillan Road.
Officials have placed Heritage Middle School on North Meridian Road on lockdown following a report of a man inside the school who was holding a double-bladed axe.
Meridian Police confirmed that law enforcement was on the scene, closing streets around the building while police search the area.
There have not been any report of injuries.