Molalla High lockdown case of mistaken identity
For the second time in three days, Molalla High School was placed in lockdown.
Just before 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, a student reported seeing a suspicious individual in the school who matched the description of the individual trespasser who caused the school to go into lockdown on Tuesday.
Although no specific threat was made, staff erred on the side of caution and called for a lockdown at 9:52 a.m. Following district protocol, and in collaboration with Molalla Police, the lockdown was lifted at 10:42 a.m.
On Tuesday, a visitor from a post-secondary institution was at Molalla High School on legitimate business. Unfortunately, he did not enter the school through established visitor protocols. The office was contacted by a teacher concerned about this visitor and the school was placed into lockdown until school officials could verify who this individual was and what their business was on campus.
Ultimately, the visitor's identity was confirmed and the lockdown was lifted.
On Thursday, the school office received a student report that a suspicious individual was on campus. Again, the decision was made to go into lockdown for student and staff safey. After investigation with the Molalla Police Department, it was determined that this was a case of mistaken identity.
The person that was seen Thursday also had legitimate business on campus.
A lockdown can be a traumatic experience for students, staff, and parents, but ultimately, students were safe at all times.
The school district expressed gratitude to the parents and students for their patience as the incident was investigated.
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