From Lincoln County School District –
All Lincoln City Schools (Taft Elementary, Oceanlake Elementary and Taft High) were locked down Thursday afternoon, May 7th due to a threat of harm that was phoned into Taft Elementary School.
When the call was received, staff immediately notified 911 and simultaneously implemented lockdown procedures. All outdoor activities were immediately brought inside, all doors and windows were closed and locked, and all students and staff were on the floor and quiet; everyone was accounted for.
The Lincoln City Police Department quickly responded and provided direction and support to all of the Lincoln City schools. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police also provided assistance as the police worked to secure campuses and give the all clear to release students.
Several mass phone calls were sent out to parents, guardians and emergency contacts to update them of the situation as the event unfolded.
Oceanlake Elementary was cleared for student release first, followed by Taft High 7-12 School, and finally Taft Elementary School. We are very appreciative of everyone’s patience as we worked to safely release students to their parents and guardians. Though buses were late (especially for Taft Elementary students), we are grateful for parents’ understanding as we managed this very unusual situation.
We are proud of our students and staff for taking safety seriously at all of our schools, for practicing their drills regularly, and for demonstrating their ability to put those emergency protocols into action.
We are also thankful for our incredible law enforcement partners who came out in force to safeguard all three of our Lincoln City schools.