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North Medford High Put on Lockdown, Confirmed False Alarm

North Medford High School went into lockdown Tuesday afternoon, the apparent result of a 'malfunction' with one of their emergency buttons.

Posted: Jan. 15, 2019 1:23 PM
Updated: Jan. 15, 2019 1:52 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. —

UPDATE: The Medford School District issued this update in a Facebook comment on NewsWatch 12's post —

There was a malfunction of a North Medford High School emergency button but out of an abundance of caution, our students remained in lockdown while our Student Resource Officers cleared the building. Our first concern is always with student safety. Parents, please look for an update from the school later today. North Medford High School has been given the "all clear" and we appreciate our staff, students, and SROs for always putting safety first and for following procedures.

(Updated 1/15/19 at 1:50 p.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: Police believe that an automatic emergency lockdown procedure initiated at North Medford High School on Tuesday afternoon was the result of a false alarm, according to Lt. Ivens with the Medford Police Department (MPD).

Ivens said that they believed there was no real emergency, but that a student may have triggered or vandalized one of the school's alarm buttons — initiating an automated message that told teachers and students to lock down their classrooms.

Multiple parents reported receiving messages from their kids that they had been placed on lockdown without any clear explanation. Teachers were apparently waiting for verification from authorities that it was safe to unlock the classrooms and let students out.

This is a developing story, and NewsWatch 12 will update the article with any more information that emerges.

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