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Blair Oaks locks down to investigate gun threat; all students, staff reported safe

May 3, 2022 at 2:32 p.m.

The Blair Oaks School District went into lockdown Tuesday after hearing about a potential gun threat to the school, school officials said.

All students and staff were safe, and students were escorted from the school by the Cole County Sheriff’s Department for questioning in connection with the threat, according to the district.

High School Principal Chris Marshall, who was just today announced as acting superintendent while Superintendent Jim Jones takes a leave of absence, said the school heard about the alleged threat through the Courage2Report app.

The app is a confidential way for people to report potential school violence. The school and the school resource officer receive an alert when tips come through the app.

The Sheriff’s Department told the school district it should lock down. After investigation, Marshall said, some students were escorted by the Sheriff’s Department off campus for questioning.

Marshall said individuals' locations and belongings were also searched and no weapons were found.

The threat notification came at 10:45, and the lockdown was lifted at 11:33, according to a news release from the school district.

“Respectfully, we are taking this opportunity to ensure all patrons that the safety of our students is our top priority. We do not feel that anyone on campus was ever in danger,” the release said.

“No immediate danger,” Marshall said in an interview. “So there were no weapons found on any of the persons, so that’s why we think nobody was in immediate danger.”

The release said the district will take the matter seriously and continue to investigate along with the sheriff’s department.


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