District: 'Potential threat' to Brookings High School not credible

BROOKINGS, S.D. (KSFY) - The Brookings School District says a "potential threat" made towards the high school on Thursday was not credible.

In a letter, the district said Brookings High School went into lockdown around 12:30 p.m. after the administration was contacted by a student who heard about the potential threat.

The school called the Brookings Police Department, who along with the school district determined there was no credible threat.

Students returned to classes around 2 p.m.

The following is the full letter from the Brookings School District:

"The Brookings School District wants to provide information regarding the decision to hold students in place at Brookings High School on Thursday, March 1, 2018. At approximately 12:30 P.M., the building administration was contacted by a student suggesting they had heard of a potential threat to the school and school occupants at the Brookings High School. The school immediately contacted the Brookings Police Department and initiated the appropriate procedures. The Brookings Police Department worked collaboratively with the Brookings School District staff to review the rumored threat. After a thorough and comprehensive review, the Brookings Police Department determined that there was no credible threat. Students were able to return to classes at approximately 2:00 P.M. The school district administration and staff remain keenly aware of the needs to maintain a safe, secure, and supportive environment. It is understandable that these sort of events make students, parents, and the community feel a sense of unease, concern, and/or worry. However, please know that the Brookings School District and the Brookings Police Department continue to work tirelessly to ensure the safety of all students, employees, and visitors. We appreciate the support of students, staff, parents and the community to provide a safe, supportive, and secure environment in our schools. By working together, our school community works to make the Brookings School District a special place for everyone. Thank you!"