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Reynolds Learning Academy locked-in briefly Wednesday

Reynolds Learning Academy went into a brief lock-in status around lunchtime Wednesday, Oct. 7, after a student reported finding a bullet in a classroom.

“Since this occurred during lunch time, about 30 students were locked out of the building” until police searched the building, said a letter RLA principal Erin Ferguson sent home to parents.

There have been multiple instances of schools taking similar action in the last few days because of possible threats since the tragic murder of nine students at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg on Thursday Oct. 1.

Southern Oregon University was closed Wednesday, Oct. 7, as a result of potential threats.

Closer to home, Springwater Trail High School and Hogan Cedars Elementary School went into a lockout before school on Friday, Oct. 2, until Gresham Police determined there was no credible threat to Springwater.

At RLA, law enforcement and district safety personnel determined there was no threat and classes went on as normal.

“Student safety is one of our top concerns,” the letter said. “We talked with students today about immediately reporting anything suspicious or threatening at the school.”

The RLA letter urged parents to “talk with your student about safety. Remind him or her that weapons, tobacco, alcohol and drugs are not to be brought onto any school property.”