Armed suspect reported at Idaho Middle School

Armed suspect reported at Idaho Middle School

Credit: Troy Colson / KTVB

Police vehicles are parked outside of the Heritage Middle School in Meridian in response to reports of an armed suspect who entered the school.

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by KTVB.COM

NWCN.com

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 2:11 PM

MERIDIAN -- Heritage Middle School in Meridian is in "lock down" mode after authorities received a report of an armed suspect who entered the school around 9 a.m. Thursday.

The school is located at 4990 North Meridian Road.

Ada County Dispatchers say no injuries have been reported at the school. However, they won't specify what type of weapon the suspect was reportedly carrying.

Meridian police say they're currently conducting a room-by-room search of the school.

WEAPON NOT LIKELY A GUN

District spokesman Eric Exline said a student and a staff member saw a male teen walking down a school hallway with something suspicious -- but it's not suspected to be a firearm.

Exline says police and school officials are also reviewing surveillance video and attempting to identify the teen.

Officials don't know if the teen is a student at Heritage, or any other surrounding schools.

OTHER SCHOOLS TAKE PRECAUTIONS

Nearby Rocky Mountain High School, Paramount Elementary, Prospect Elementary, Sawtooth Middle School are in "shelter in place" mode, which means students aren't allowed to leave those schools for the time being.

Exline says those schools are taking the measure as a precaution.

KTVB Photojournalist Troy Colson says it appears police and deputies from Meridian, Star, and Ada County are standing guard over the entrance to Heritage Middle School.

PARENTS GIVEN INSTRUCTIONS

School staff are preparing to release students to the custody of their parents very shortly.

Officials with Meridian police say concerned parents can go to the LDS Church at 3775 E Ustick Rd where they can wait to pick up their children.

Roads in the immediate vicinity of Heritage Middle School are closed.

We'll update the story with more details as they become available.

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