Paradise Jr. & Sr. High lockdown lifted

UPDATE: The lockdown for Paradise Jr. & Sr. High School has been lifted, Action News Now has learned.

Posted: Jan 24, 2020 9:29 AM
Updated: Jan 24, 2020 11:11 PM

UPDATE: 4:54 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 - After nearly three hours, the lockdown for Paradise Jr. & Sr. High School has been lifted, Action News Now has learned.

Principal Larry Johnson said on the morning of Friday, Jan. 24, students reported threats were made one week ago through the Snapchat app.

Johnson said three students told him they were part of a Snapchat "group" that had received a threat Saturday, Jan. 18. The threat started with inappropriate requests of the minors, then led to the person stating they should "watch out because they would shoot up the school on Monday." The students responded that there was no school on Monday. Then students got a response saying, "Watch out on Friday."

The school said when they found out this morning they went on lockdown and called law enforcement to investigate.

Johnson said law enforcement continues to be on scene and is actively investigating the source of the threat.

"The lockdown was lifted because the investigation indicated there was not a safety concern for students and staff," Superintendent Tom Taylor said. "Paradise Police Department and Butte County Sheriff Office is continuing to track down the phone number and location of the individual who was communicating with the young girls."

Paradise announced Orland canceled the basketball game that was set for Friday. It has been rescheduled for Feb. 12 in Paradise.

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UPDATE: 10:48 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24 - Action News Now spoke to the Superintendent of Paradise Unified School District's Assistant, Sheila Craft who said the school is still on lockdown as of 10:48 a.m.

Craft confirmed a message circulating Facebook from Superintendent Tom Taylor. 

The message from Tom Taylor says, "We received information this morning that a threat was made last week regarding the school being shot up on Monday. Referring to the day there was no school, (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) The student responded that there was no school Monday. The person then said to watch out Friday."

Taylor added, "We chose to go on lockdown as a precautionary measure until police can determine the level of the threat. Police are on campus."

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However, Reporter Mackenzie Drigo did photograph a few students walking outside of the school around 10:41 a.m. Action News Now learned that support teams have arrived for parents who are scattered outside of the school campus.

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UPDATE 9:50 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24 - The Butte County Sheriff's Office said they are assisting Paradise police due to a possible threat made against Paradise Junior & Senior High School, over social media.

These schools are located on the same campus.

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PARADISE, Calif. – Paradise Junior & Senior High School are on lockdown this morning, the school confirmed with Action News Now.

Action News Now called the school at 9:20 a.m. and they confirmed that the lockdown was initiated at 9:10 a.m.

Paradise police said they are investigating an incident and the lockdown is happening as a precaution. Police said there is no immediate danger.

Action News Now is working to learn why the campus is on lockdown. Come back to this article for updates.

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