At approximately 8:15 AM Friday, Camas School District superintendent Dr. Jeff Snell sent out a statement to the community regarding safety concerns at the school.
He said the concern was expressed by a parent who saw “two individuals that looked out of place” entering the school. Despite that the parent took photos, the individuals were not able to be instantly identified, and the school went on lockdown around 8:30 AM.
“We shut all the blinds, we locked the door, we grabbed kids from the hallway and brought them in [to the library]. We sat kids against the wall and between the stacks. The kids were awesome,” librarian Tonia Albert said.
She estimates there were around 75 students and 10 staff members in the library.
Buses were sent to Doc Harris stadium instead of the school, and a text was sent to parents telling them not to send their students to school.
The Camas Police Department arrived at school to help with the investigation, but it was determined that the individuals were students and “did nothing wrong.” The lockdown ended at about 8:55 AM.
He finalized the statement with an apology for stress and confusion, and said “I take your students’ safety very seriously and want you to know our staff does as well.”
The Camasonian staff will update this developing story.