3 students detained after lockdown at Clackamas High School

Published: Sep. 16, 2022 at 12:36 PM PDT
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CLACKAMAS Ore. (KPTV) - Clackamas High School was put under lockdown on Friday morning but it has since been lifted, according to school officials.

Shortly before 11:30 a.m. Friday, a student told a CHS staff member that they had seen a social media post which showed an unknown student holding what appeared to be a firearm in a school restroom, according to the North Clackamas School District.

After seeing the video on Snapchat, the school resource officer promptly reported the post to police, who arrived two minutes later.

The high school was placed on lockdown while deputies searched for three students shown in the video. A nearby middle school, Rock Creek, was placed on “secure” protocol, meaning outside doors were locked while classes continued inside as normal.

Within an hour, all three students were located and detained. Deputies said they found a realistic-looking CO2-powered replica pistol.

“There was a lockdown today at Clackamas High School. The lockdown has ended and all students and staff are safe,” tweeted Clackamas Schools at 12:22 p.m.

At 12:02 p.m. the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office tweeted, “There is NO active threat at Clackamas High School.” Adding, “Details to follow.”

In a Friday afternoon letter to parents, the North Clackamas School District thanked the student for promptly reporting the post and explained the situation.

“When a school is in lockdown, law enforcement and school staff are completely focused on keeping students safe, so they are unable to respond to parents,” the letter said. “Even following the lockdown, school staff are focused on supporting students, so we appreciate your patience and understanding while we follow our safety protocols.”

Police said they are continuing to investigate the incident and asked that anyone with further information to contact the sheriff’s office and reference Case 22-020974.