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"Secure status" lifted at RCAS schools

UPDATE: Officials are lifting a lockdown on Stevens High School and returning to normal operations.

The school was placed on ‘secure status’ following reports of a student waiving a firearm Thursday morning in the parking lot of the high school in West Rapid City.

Officials have determined the gun was a toy pistol and was ditched by the individual shortly after leaving the scene of the incident.

Law enforcement has found the juvenile and is working with the school district on appropriate consequences.
Schools in west Rapid City are under "secure status" after a student was reportedly waving a firearm in the parking lot of Stevens High School.

Law enforcement has cleared Stevens High School and say the person involved is not inside the building.

Capt. Dustin Morrison, with the Pennington County Sheriff’s office, said officials have identified those involved.

“We’re trying to track them down at this point,” Morrison said. “At this point in time we don’t have any concerns for the students in the building. We’ve cleared the building and we’re confident the involved party is not inside at this time.”

Morrison said the student left the school parking lot after the incident. He said law enforcement is tracking down leads and searching for the student in Rapid City.

The high school's principal says students are in classrooms and libraries where classes have resumed.

Officials ask that anyone with information contact Pennington County Sheriff’s office or Rapid City Police Department.

Lee Strubinger is SDPB’s Rapid City-based news and political reporter. A former reporter for Fort Lupton Press (CO) and Colorado Public Radio, Lee holds a master’s in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.