Social Media Threat Prompts Police to Put Boardman Schools on Lockout


A threat on social media prompted the Boardman Police Department to put all Boardman schools on lockout today and the high school on lockdown.

According to the Morrow County School District, at 1:50 p.m., all Boardman schools were put into lockout by the police department. Two minutes later, the police put Riverside Jr./Sr. High into lockdown.

The school district said the protocols were put into place “in response to a general threat made on social media.”

During the protocols, all students and staff were safe, the district reported. After police officers completed their procedures for securing a building after lockdown, the protocols were lifted at all Boardman schools at 2:22 p.m. The nature of the threat was not released.

Typically, a lockout is used to secure the school and its grounds during incidents that pose an imminent concern outside of the school, while a lockdown is used during incidents that pose an immediate threat of violence in or around the school.