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NEWS BRIEF: Soft Lockdown

Soft lockdown ordered Friday morning due to potential threat
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Eli Roust
On Friday, Dec 1, Free State administration sent the building into a “soft lockdown,” meaning teachers were told to lock their doors and continue teaching. For classes like choir, this posed a problem as the auditorium doors don’t lock, so they were forced to move into the shop nearby.

This morning at 10:26 a.m. the school entered an eight minute “soft lockdown” due to a potential security threat that was dismissed. According to Executive Director of Communications Julie Boyle, the lockdown was put in place due to a message flagged by the schools safety management software, Gaggle. 

Gaggle, a district-implemented software, made its debut prior to the fall break. The safety management system notifies district staff of several potential safety concerns for their further investigation or follow-up based on designated keywords/phrases found in communications/documents on students’ district-issued technology devices and accounts. 

This morning, Gaggle alerted the Free State High administration to a potential student email threat; the school administration used a lockdown as a safety precaution while they interviewed the students involved and determined there was no threat made. 

In an email to staff members, McAnarney stated that the message regarded a weapon on comments relating to a TikTok video, but was not credible.

Shortly after the investigation, the lockdown was lifted and classes went on for the remainder of the school day.

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Lilly Wall
Lilly Wall, News Editor-in-Chief
Lilly is a junior at Free State and an Editor-In-Chief of the Free Press NewsMag and Online Website. Outside of journalism, she is involved in volleyball, the Free State Writing Center, Honor Moon Foundation, Project Pick Up, and NHS. You can find her watching horror movies and hanging out with friends outside of school.
Allison Mayhew
Allison Mayhew, News Editor-in-Chief
Allison Mayhew is a senior and is an Editor-in-Chief of the Newsmag and Online website. Outside of journalism, she participates in NHS and KU Environmental Studies. Outside of school, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and cats.
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