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Washington High School under lockdown Friday afternoon

Union photo by Gretchen Teske

Just before 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, a call came over the scanner from the Washington County Communications Center advising Washington High School was under a lock down. Two marked Washington Police Department vehicles and one unmarked police vehicle were seen. The lock down was lifted around 1 p.m. that same day.
Union photo by Gretchen Teske Just before 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, a call came over the scanner from the Washington County Communications Center advising Washington High School was under a lock down. Two marked Washington Police Department vehicles and one unmarked police vehicle were seen. The lock down was lifted around 1 p.m. that same day.

Washington High School Students were put under a lockdown under the direction of principal Eric Buchholz Friday afternoon.

According to a Union reporter, a call came over the scanner just before 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13. Dispatch advised Buchholz called the Washington County Communications Office and said the school was under a lockdown. Officers were requested at the scene.

The reporter said two marked Washington Police Department vehicles and one unmarked vehicle were parked in the lot. No one was seen entering or exiting the cars.

Calls were made to the Washington Community School District Administration office and the Washington High School main office, where it was confirmed the lock down was lifted around 1 p.m. Later that afternoon, the district and local law enforcement agencies issued a news release explaining the lockdown:

“Earlier today, the district placed the school in lockdown for a short period of time. This was done to address a situation where a student was creating a disturbance in school and damaging district property,” the release stated. “The District immediately contacted law enforcement and worked with law enforcement to appropriately address the student’s conduct and

remove the student from school. Once the student was removed from school, the lockdown ended. No students or staff members were injured as a result of the student’s actions. The district is continuing to work with law enforcement regarding this situation. The Washington Police Department and Washington CSD have no further comments at this time.”

The news release concluded by saying that the entities responding to the incident were the Washington Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, and Washington CSD personnel.