Idaho Student's Phone Call to Home Accidentally Triggers School Lockdown

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When an Idaho school goes into lockdown, it's serious business—but some are more serious than others.

A North Idaho student student needed to make a phone call from the administrative office of Washington Elementary School. But when the student went to dial, he accidentally dialed the same combination of numbers that triggers a lockdown at nearby Sandpoint Middle School, and alerts law enforcement agencies to get there quick.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that the first lockdown also triggered a lockdown at a neighboring high school. In short order, Sandpoint and Ponderay Police were on the scene, in addition to Bonner County Sheriff's deputies and conservation officers from Idaho Fish and Game.

"The code, unfortunately, is close to a local number," Sandpoint Police Chief Corey Coon told the Daily Bee.

Students and staff were locked into place while police investigated, but soon enough, they recognized that it was a mistake. They also say they're working on reprogramming the phone system so that the incident doesn't happen again.