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Madison East Lockdown

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

The first thought for some parents when they heard about the lockdown at Madison East was, 'oh no, not again, and not my child.'

"First thought was, 'guys and guns,'" said Pam Fass, parent of an East student, "because of what's going on lately."

But the violent threat Madison school officials say was delivered to an East high school student on Monday, led to a day-long lock down and an arrest, but nothing more.

"We heard about a serious threat from one student who was not in school this morning, against another who was in school," said Ken Syke, Madison schools spokesperson.

School officials say the threat was the continuation of a fight between East students over the weekend.

Superintendent Art Rainwater says they learned about the threat from a caller who is not connected to the school.

Rainwater wouldn't say if the caller knew the student, only that the tip was credible.

He also says information like a call that warns them of violence is critical to the students' safety.

"Whether that be a student in our school or an adult outside the school," said Rainwater, "that we get that information as rapidly as possible. So that we can ensure the safety of our students."

By the end of the day, police say they found the student who allegedly made the threats and brought him to a juvenile detention facility on unrelated charges.

At the same time, the lockdown ended, allowing students to get back to their schedules and leaving everyone thanful the day ended peacefully.


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