LYMAN — Lyman High School was on lock down Tuesday morning, as a report of a shooting threat was circulated through the area.
Officers were called, and the Lyman High School had a lockout to prohibit any entry or exit from the school. Lyman Police Chief Kathy Adams, on site Tuesday morning around 9:30 a.m., stressed the shooting threat was not aimed at the school, but it was in the community. She also said the school and law enforcement instituted the lockout, because, “it’s better to be safe than sorry.”
In addition, Adams confirmed both the one making the threat and the one being threatened were both local residents.
Near the front entrance and in the parking lot east of the school, there didn’t seem to be signs of a crisis. But near the corner and going to the eastern sidewalk leading to the main entrance, the view changed. Four law enforcement vehicles were at the sidewalk, with officers standing in the area.
In a press release Wednesday afternoon, Adams said, “The Lyman Police Department received a report from Lyman High School, of a threat to a juvenile male. There was information that the suspect would possibly be at school.”
Officers from the Lyman Police Department, the Mountain View Police Department, the Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office responded to Lyman High School. Principals of the Bridger Valley schools made the decision to go into a “soft lockdown.”
Adams said in the release for the April 9 incident, “Due to a collaborated effort of all departments, the suspect was located and taken into custody without incident. Schools were informed and resumed normal activity.”
She also said the Lyman Police Department would like to thank all law enforcement, the staff and students at the Bridger Valley schools, as well as the parents, for their assistance and cooperation. As the majority of the individuals involved are minors, pursuant to law and policy, no information leading to the identity of those involved will be released.
District 6 Superintendent Colby Gull was out Tuesday and couldn’t be reached. He did provide a statement Wednesday afternoon.
“The only information that I can share with you is that we had an incident at Lyman High School on April 9,” Gull said Wednesday afternoon in response to a call by the Pioneer, even though he was still out of the office.
“A student allegedly made a comment threatening the safety of another student,” Gull continued. “The school was in a lockout situation until law enforcement could apprehend the student. A lockout means that all exterior doors are locked, and no one enters or exits the building during the time. School continues as usual during a lockout except that no one enters or leaves.”
Tuesday morning about 8:45 a.m. Lyman High School posted:
“The school is currently in a lockout situation due to a possible threat outside the school. Meaning, there is not a threat in the school. The school is working with law enforcement to resolve the situation. We want to keep the students safe so no students will be allowed to leave. Please do not come to the school or attempt to check out your student at this time.”
Mountain View High School also took precautions and posted on a “We Are MV” page about 10 a.m. Tuesday.
“UCSD #4 All Uinta 4 buildings are in controlled access status as a precaution due to a potential threat made near Lyman High School,” MVHS stated.