Farmington R-7 School District On Lockdown | News
A threat leads to a lockdown of all the schools in the Farmington school district. It happened this morning after authorities learned details about the man who allegedly made it. They tell us the threat was general and was not directed against anyone or anything specifically. But the person who made it does have ties to the Farmington school district.
All seven of the district campuses were put on lockdown around 9:30 this morning. The students were all kept inside but classes did go on as normal.
Investigators say they were worried about a 47 year old man who was fired from his job today. We're told the man had recently made a statement about going to hell and taking people with him. The man has a child who attends school in the Farmington district and his wife works in the district. Those connections and the general threat combined with him losing his job today led to the lockdown. The man's specific district ties were at the high school and Jefferson Elementary School. The tightest security was at those two locations.
After several hours, the man was located at his home and he was fine. There were no problems and the lockdown was over.
A high school student talked with us about what happened.
"Principal comes over the intercom that there was some kind of threat outside and we had to sit in second hour for almost two hours...They didn't really tell us much. They just told us to stay inside our class and shut the windows, shut the doors, lock the doors, make sure no one got in or out of the room," said sophomore Timmy Bretz.
"When you get some information like this, you want to make sure that everyone is safe or safe as possible as you can make it. And I feel that that's what we did working with the school district," added Farmington Police Chief Rick Baker.
Letters went home explaining the situation.
The district superintendent, Natalie Thomas, says classes were dismissed at the normal times and all after school activities went on as planned.
Nobody was hurt and no charges were filed.