Thursday, April 24, 2014

Press: Idaho School Lockdown Ends After Man Checks In at VA

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Officials in a North Idaho school district said a phone call to a local elementary school was 'frightening," prompting a three-hour lockdown of the facility on Wednesday.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Lakeside Elementary in the Plummer-Worley School District received a call around 9 a.m. on April 23, "stating a man was coming to the elementary and might have weapons."

Officials immediately closed ranks at a number of schools through the Plummer-Worley district, and didn't lift the lockdown order until early afternoon.

Plummer Police officials said they ended the lockdown after they discovered that a male suspect had checked himself into a Veterans Administration hospital in nearby Spokane, Wash.

"He drove himself to the hospital to see his psychologist after talking to his wife," said Plummer Police Chief Les Hall.

The man's wife was the one who called the school.

The couple's children have since been temporarily placed in foster care.

"Everything was taken as a precaution," Hall told the Press. "We've been practicing this for a long time, and everything turned out great."

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