Buildings in the Yankton School District (YSD) were placed on soft lockdown Thursday morning following a threat made against the district.
According to YSD Superintendent Wayne Kindle, the Yankton Police Department (YPD) was notified by a concerned person outside of Yankton about an online post involving a shooting at school. YPD contacted the school district and, upon further investigation into the post’s connection to the district, initiated lockdown procedures in all its facilities at 10:45 a.m. During this time, students were instructed to remain in their classrooms.
The district also sent out a message to parents through its Connect 5 messaging system regarding the reason for the lockdown.
The investigation by the YPD turned up a YHS student as the source of the threat, who was detained by the YPD off the school campus and charged with making a terroristic threat.
The lockdown ended at 11:30 a.m.
Kindle thanks YPD for working with the district.
“I can’t emphasize enough the value of our relationship with local law enforcement,” he told the Press & Dakotan.
He also credited YSD staff and administration for their handling of the lockdown, and issued a special thanks to the individual who alerted law enforcement to the threat.
“This person did exactly what every person needs to do,” Kindle said. “On behalf of the Yankton School District, our students, staff, parents and community, we thank you.”
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