Schools on "Lockout" Friday due to threat

Gering Public Schools, Community Christian School, and the Valts Alternative school will be locking doors at all school buildings Friday after law enforcement was notified a former Valts student had made violent threats involving people at his school. The threat was reportedly made while the student was attending the Valts school last spring, and involved the "end of the world", December 21st and a "shooting rampage", according to Scottsbluff Schools Resource officer James Todd.

Todd says a Valts teacher reported the threat to him Wednesday and he notified the three schools, the only ones open Friday, about the threat and the need to secure their buildings.

Superintendent Don Hague says the lockout is being done as a precaution. He says doors will be locked once students enter school, and the only way anyone can get in is to let them know by phone and getting permission for someone inside to let them in.

Todd says Gering Police were able to talk to the student's mother, who said her son told her he was "mad at the time but didn't plan to do anything now." Todd says Police have tried to locate the student, who lives in Scottsbluff, but they have not been able to talk to him as of yet.

Police will have a heavier presence at the schools Friday to avert anything that might occur.

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