Toy Gun Triggers Lockdown at Idaho County High School


What started as a visit from a touring theater troupe resulted in a lockdown at a North-Central Idaho high school, when a prop gun triggered a bit of panic.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that law enforcement was alerted in the afternoon hours of Feb. 10, after a student said a woman was carrying a shotgun on the grounds of Grangeville High School. But the device was actually a toy gun brought to the school by a teacher to use a prop in the visiting Missoula Children's Theater production.

"We'll be a little smarter about how things are done in the future," Mountain View School District Superintendent Kent Stokes told the Tribune.

All doors and windows of the school had been locked and no one was allowed in or out of the school. Sports practices, driver's education and, ironically, hunters' education classes were canceled. Grangeville police and the Idaho County Sheriff's Office investigated the incident before giving everyone the all-clear.