Clatskanie schools were ordered into a lockout around 8 a.m. this morning, according to Clatskanie School District Superintendent, Cathy Hurowitz. “Lockout” means that the perimeter of each school is secured, students are not allowed outside of the school, no one is allowed to enter the building, and business as usual happens within the school.

Hurowitz said that the district office was notified of a possible threat near the Safeway in town, from a report in the town of a man walking around with an ax. They then decided to order lockout for the schools. Hurowitz said that since Clatskanie High School students are allowed to leave the campus sometimes, the school did not want them going near Safeway.

Hurowitz also said that police presence would be on school campuses for the rest of the day, as she said that the police have not had contact with the man with the ax.  

“We want to keep all students safe,” Hurowitz said. “That’s our priority.”

Columbia County Sherriff Brian Pixley commented on the situation on Thursday.

"There were no crimes reported, and no immediate dangers to the public," Pixley wrote by email. "The schools were alerted as a precaution, and they chose to have a lockout."

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