The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

October 10, 2012

Normal operations resume at Joplin schools after lockout

From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — Activities have resumed at all Joplin schools after a district-wide lockout implemented earlier Wednesday afternoon, Superintendent C.J. Huff said.

As part of the lockout procedure, which was put into effect at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, all doors were kept locked, with visitors allowed entrance only if someone let them in, and all students were kept inside. The school day continued as normal for students inside their buildings during this time, he said.

Huff said the lockout was lifted by about 2 p.m., with normal operations resuming at all schools at that time.

The lockout was a precautionary measure, Huff said, because of a post on an individual’s Facebook page that police had flagged Tuesday as possibly representing a threat to schools. Huff said the individual was located by Wednesday afternoon and taken in by police for questioning.