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Threat of violence forces modified lockdown at Franklin Pierce High School

Franklin Pierce High School was on modified lockdown Thursday after a threat.
Franklin Pierce High School was on modified lockdown Thursday after a threat.

A threat of violence written on a bathroom stall prompted a modified lockdown Thursday at Franklin Pierce High School.

A student saw the threat this morning, posted a photo of it online and then notified school officials, said school district spokesman Joel Zylstra. Sheriff’s deputies were at the school, 11002 18th Ave E., to investigate.

“Vague threat of a shooting … nothing credible ... we are investigating and securing area,” sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said in an email to The News Tribune.

Under a modified lockdown, students are kept inside school buildings as much as possible and visitors undergo extra scrutiny, Zylstra said.

A similar lockdown was underway at Tacoma’s Lincoln High School on Thursday.

A school lockdown is a precautionary measure issued in response to a direct or nearby threat. It requires staff and students to respond quickly and comply with rules. Here’s how it often works.

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