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Loaded ammo magazine prompts Sentinel HS lockdown

UPDATE

MISSOULA – Sentinel High School students were being dismissed early beginning at 12:05 p.m. after being in lockdown for several hours. Click here for more information.


(second report)

MISSOULA – The lockdown at Sentinel High School was still in effect as of 11:45 a.m.

Missoula County Public Schools reports that “all students are safe” and are remaining in their first-period classrooms.


(first report)

MISSOULA – Sentinel High School in Missoula is locked down after some gun ammunition was found on Monday morning.

School officials have notified parents that the school is locked down and that nobody is allowed into or out of the building.

Missoula County Public Schools reports a loaded ammunition magazine “fitting a handgun” was found on the ground in a hallway.

Missoula Police Department spokesman Sgt. Travis Welsh told MTN News that a construction worker found the magazine in a school entryway and turned it into the school office.

Several Missoula Police officers remain posted at Sentinel while authorities continue their investigation and try and identify the source of ammunition and look for a possible weapon.

The main school doors will be locked and students will not be dismissed until an “all clear” is issued by law enforcement.

Students were told of the lockdown by their teachers and will remain in their first-period classrooms until the lockdown is cleared.

-information from Connor McCauley included in this report


“The school is supported by multiple law enforcement staff at this time and the environment is being calmly maintained by staff,” MCPS said in a social post.

Any students with information about the source of the ammunition are being asked to immediately notify a teacher.

MCPS will notify parents by email, text and phone during the lockdown.

EDITORS NOTE: Original information provided by MCPS stated that an “ammunition clip” had been found. District officials have noted the error in terminology and now state a “magazine” was discovered.

 

Mark Thorsell

Mark Thorsell

Mark Thorsell is a digital content producer and editor at KPAX and KAJ. He is originally from Connecticut and moved to Montana over a dozen years ago. Mark has worked as a journalist for 25 years.
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