Grand Rapids schools locked down after suicide threat

12:12 PM, Jan 4, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. - Schools in Grand Rapids went into lockdown mode Friday morning after a man called 911 and threatened suicide.

The Independent School District 318 website posted a message from Superintendent Joe Silko explaining the situation, which impacted operations at both Elkington Middle School and Southwest Elementary.

The Superintendent received a call from the Itasca County Sheriff informing him that a man had called a crisis line threatening suicide. Deputies traced the cell phone call and found that it originated from an area near the middle school. Moments later, it pinged from an area near the elementary school.

Silko tells parents that access was limited at both buildings, and buses in route to the schools were diverted while a search was conducted for the man and until both schools were deemed secure. The superintendent insists that the suicidal man was never inside the schools, and that students were never in any danger.

The district reports that operations at both Elkington Middle School and Southwest Elementary have returned to normal.

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