Student taken into custody after threatening call led to Service High lockdown

A Service High School student is in police custody Wednesday morning after making a threatening phone call that put the school into lockdown.
Published: Sep. 28, 2022 at 8:11 AM AKDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2022 at 12:05 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A Service High School student is in police custody Wednesday morning after making a threatening phone call that put the school into lockdown.

Renee Oistad, spokesperson with the Anchorage Police Department, said that the school is back open after the initial threat was called in to Alaska police dispatch around 7:30 a.m. A message from Service Assistant Principal David Little to families sent out Wednesday morning said the lockdown lasted 35 minutes — starting at 7:35 a.m. and ending at 8:10 a.m.

Oistad added that there have been no reports of injuries.

The threat to “cause harm on school grounds” was received via phone call at the school, Oistad said, activating patrol officers and School Resource Officers to respond and place the school into lockdown mode. Officers discovered a student at the school had made the phone call and took him into custody inside a classroom without incident.

Police said no weapons were brought to the school and the student did not carry out any actions to harm anyone after the phone call was made.

Charges for the student have been forwarded to the Division of Juvenile Justice, police said.

The email to families from the assistant principal said safety is the school’s number one priority and it takes all threats seriously.

“A counseling center has been established at Service High for students who are feeling anxious with the situation and wish to talk with a professional,” Little said in the message. “I will continue to keep you informed if any new information becomes available. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me.”

This story has been updated with additional information.