Superintendent tells parents ‘no evidence of any threat,’ amid lockdown at Lakeland High School

Idaho State Police respond to lockdown at Lakeland High School Wednesday morning
Idaho State Police respond to lockdown at Lakeland High School Wednesday morning. Copyright 4 News Now

RATHDRUM, Idaho — A school-wide lockdown at Lakeland High School was lifted shortly before 11:00 a.m. Wednesday.

Rathdrum Police confirmed units responded to the school around 10:00 a.m. A message to parents from the district’s superintendent said, “A classroom teacher thought she heard shots and initiated a lockdown. Law enforcement is on campus and checking for safety concerns. No evidence of any threat has been found. Law enforcement and LHS Admin are meticulously checking the building.”

A LHS parent told 4 News Now her two sons were sheltering in their classrooms and reported seeing ambulances, fire trucks and cops at the scene. Idaho State Police, Rathdrum Police, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, Coeur d’Alene Fire, Post Falls Police, Spirit Lake Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation all responded to the scene.

During a press conference, Superintendent Becky Meyer said the district’s protocol was followed perfectly during the reported threat.

“It was a great oppoprtunity for us to practice should the need arise. We know how to respond,” Meyer said.

This was the first time an incident of this nature has happened within the Lakeland Joint School District.

Once the lockdown was lifted, authorities went from classroom to classroom to ensure every student was safe. Parents were able to reunite with their students at the nearby Super 1 grocery store.