Heritage Middle School now open after lockdown
The lockdown at Heritage Middle School is now over.
Meridian Schools District spokesman Eric Exline told us that, around 9 a.m. Thursday, a staff member and a student at Heritage Middle School reported seeing a teenage person with a “suspicious” object – possibly a weapon.
Reports say it was a military style shovel a student brought to school for a project that caused staff alarm and prompted school officials to go into action.
Heritage Middle School was placed on lockdown, which means everything had been shutdown. Lights were out. Students were in classrooms behind locked doors, police patrolled the hallways and exterior doors to the school were locked.
Exline said three north Meridian schools in the area – Paramount and Propsect Elementary Schools, and Rocky Mountain High School had all been placed in a status the District calls “shelter in place.” According to Exline, "shelter in place" is when classes are being held as normal, but exterior doors are locked.
Officials with Meridian Police say concerned parents can go to the LDS Church at 3775 E Ustick Rd where they can wait to pick up their children and be briefed by police.