Tense Times at Idaho Schools: Locked Doors, Rampant Rumors and Canceled Classes


A McCall school is the latest learning institution to change its practices in the wake of the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn., one week ago today.

This morning's McCall Star-News reports that the doors at McCall-Donnelly High School will now be locked during the day once students have arrived and classes have begun. School officials said that the only location to remain unlocked will the school's front doors, which can be seen from the school office.

The Star-News reports that other elementary and middle schools in McCall already keep all doors locked except its front door.

School officials in the Meridian School District promise heightened security today at its schools in the wake of Thursday's temporary lockdown at Centennial High, Joplin Elementary and Lowell Scott Middle schools.

Following a handful of texts containing threatening remarks, which spread quickly through the student community earlier this week, a wide sense of alert led officials to lock down the three schools when a student abruptly ran from Centennial High School after being spotted in an unauthorized area. Officials said there was no reason to believe students are in danger.

"We found no credibility to the rumors," read a letter sent to parents from Lake Hazel Middle School on Thursday. "Be assured that the school and law enforcement are taking this situation seriously and we will continue to monitor and investigate any new information we receive."

Meridian school officials ultimately decided to cancel planned assemblies at its schools today, in an attempt to resume a normal school schedule.

Meanwhile, this morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that following a week of rumors, school officials canceled all classes in the Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls and Lakeland school districts today.

"Even though the school district and local law enforcement have not isolated a credible threat to the rumors circulating about a possible school shooting (Friday), the district has decided, with advice from law enforcement, that the ability to have a productive and calm day of school has been compromised," a notice from the Coeur d'Alene School District states, according to the Press. "We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause your family."

North Idaho school officials also canceled tonight's basketball game between Lakeland and Post Falls high schools.