Student’s threats prompt lockdowns

Sweet Home police are investigating a disturbance at Sweet Home High School Monday morning that prompted officials to lock down the school and the neighboring Sweet Home Boys and Girls Club.

According to Police Chief Jeff Lynn, school employees contacted police at about 9:24 a.m., reporting “a possible threat at the school” involving “verbal comments regarding ‘shooting up’ the school.”

Police and Linn County Sheriff’s deputies responded. Lynn said the juvenile who allegedly uttered the threats was located and interviewed. No firearms or other weapons were found at the school.

“Officers and detectives determined that no threat existed,” Lynn said.

The lockdown for both the school and the Boys and Girls Club ended approximately 10:02 a.m., he said.

An investigation continued through Monday evening, he said.

“The safety of students and the community is of the utmost importance to the Sweet Home Police Department and the Sweet Home School District,” Lynn said. “For safety reasons we went into lockdown so we could figure it out. We’re better safe than sorry.”