WMS locks down over custody issue


(5/20/2019)

by NATHANIEL NELSON

The Winona Middle School was placed into soft lockdown on Thursday morning due to custody issues, according to Winona Area Public Schools officials.

Police chief Paul Bostrack said the school officers were notified of a legal issue involving a particular family, and that the school had limited access for a short period of time, but there was no immediate danger to the students.
“There were no specific threats made,” Bostrack said.

The doors of the building were kept locked throughout the morning with additional monitoring, explained superintendent Rich Dahman, so that staff would “have a record of everyone coming in the doors.” The school liaison officer and additional officers conducted patrols in the area as a precaution, Bostrack said.

According to Dahman, the lockdown was not a full lockdown –– students still walked through the hallways and went to class –– but the doors were monitored throughout the morning.

No other details about the incident were shared, and administrators at the Winona Middle School declined to comment.

 

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