Police requested lockout while checking into suspicious circumstances at county address

West Linn High School was on lockout for about 25 minutes Wednesday morning while police checked in on a student who was unaccounted for, but the incident was short-lived and turned out to be a false alarm.

"It was a potential threat that was nothing, but we needed to investigate," West Linn Police spokesman Jeff Halverson said. "It was just an uncertain issue about a firearm and an individual that wasn't at school today that we wanted to check on."

Halverson said he couldn't provide specifics about the situation, but he did say that the potential issue was at an unincorporated Clackamas County address.

"There was no threat to students or the city or the school," Halverson said. "It turned out to be nothing."

According to West Linn-Wilsonville School District Communications Director Andrew Kilstrom, police notified WLHS of potential "activity in the area" at 9:30 a.m. and said the school should prepare to go into lockout. A lockout commenced at 9:50 a.m. and was lifted around 10:15 a.m. when police gave the OK.

"It went super smooth," Kilstrom said. "We were really pleased in terms of communication and procedure."

Kilstrom added that the lockout procedure differs from a "lockdown."

"A lockout locks the building's entryways while safely sheltering students, staff and visitors inside the building, allowing the school day to continue," he said. "A lockdown is reserved for when there's a threat in the building, where students are locked inside their classrooms and the entryway is open to allow law enforcement in and out."

Education Reporter Clara Howell contributed to this story.

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