2 local schools go under lockout

By The Mercury

Bergman Elementary and Anthony Middle School executed a lockout this morning, after police notified school officials that they had reports of a subject brandishing a firearm at a victim in the proximity of the schools.

The report came in to the Riley County Police Department at 11:20 a.m., said Officer Matthew Droge. The RCPD notified the schools, and school officials decided to go under lockout. The lockout ended about an hour later when the police located the subject and gave the schools the all-clear signal.

Droge said police are still investigating the situation. They won’t release a name unless an arrest is made, he said, but he added that the incident had nothing to do with the schools, and the victim was an adult.

USD 383 Communications Coordinator Michelle Jones said a lockout is when something is happening outside in the community, and all the doors are locked.

Additionally, there is to be no movement within the building; everyone stays in their rooms.

Classes can continue, but there is no recess or other outdoor activity until it’s over.

“If you were coming to get your kid for an orthodontist appointment, you couldn’t get in until it was over,” Jones said. “Nobody is going in, and nobody is coming out.”

The Mercury will report any additional information as it becomes available.

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