Two Hermiston Schools Put in Lockdown Following Report of Shots

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Law enforcement from around the area responded Tuesday to reports of shots fired at Hermiston High School. No threat was found and the lockdowns at the high school and nearby West Park Elementary School were lifted. (Photo courtesy of UCFD #1)

Hermiston School District placed Hermiston High School in lockdown today due to a “swatting” report of shots fired at the high school. Due to its proximity, West Park Elementary School was also place in lockdown as a precautionary measure.

HHS is one of multiple schools in the state that received swatting calls today, which is a prank call made to draw a large number of emergency services to a particular address.

Law enforcement found no credible threat to students or staff. The final “All Clear” was given at HHS at 12:27 p.m. The school then returned to normal operations, and the lockdown at West Park Elementary was lifted.

Agencies that responded to the high school were the Hermiston Police Department, Oregon State Police, Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, Stafield Police Department, Umatilla Police Department, Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, Pendleton Police Department, Umatilla Fire District #1, LifeFlight, and Oregon Department of Transportation.

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