‘Potential threat’ places Palmer school on temporary lockdown

‘Potential threat’ places Palmer school on temporary lockdown
Published: May. 1, 2023 at 2:43 PM AKDT
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PALMER, Alaska (KTUU) - A middle school in Palmer was placed on temporary lockdown on Monday morning while police searched for two people that were reported as potential threats.

The Palmer Police Department posted on its Facebook page that it received a report of two people near Palmer Junior Middle School that may have had at least one weapon in their possession.

“One of them was reported to be carrying a weapon,” the department wrote. Detective Sgt. Lucas Szipszky with the Palmer Police Department later said it was reported to be a firearm.

The report reached officers just past 9 a.m., according to Szipszky.

Mat-Su Borough School District spokesperson Jillian Morrissey said in an email that the district received a report of a “potential threat” near downtown Palmer and put the middle school into lockdown “out of an abundance of caution” while officers searched the area.

Morrissey said other schools — including Palmer High School, Academy Charter School, Swanson Elementary and Sherrod Elementary — were also notified and will keep their doors locked through the rest of the day on Monday.

After Palmer police, Alaska State Troopers, and Wasilla Police Department responded to the area, the department said officers did not find any threats.

“We got some more information a little bit later that — where they initially reported was — instead of just outside the middle school, was much further into town, in the middle of town here,” Szipszky said. “With that information, we kind of shifted our focus.”

The department said it did not confirm any threat at the time of publication.