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UPDATE 2:36 p.m.

The lockdown at CMHS has been lifted by school officials. Columbia County Sheriff deputies are on scene conducting a room to room search. This search will include backpacks, coats and other materials that school officials asked each student to leave in the rooms before they left the building.

School principal Jim Helmen and Clatskanie School Superintendent Cathy Hurowitz conducted a debriefing with teachers and staff after the lockdown was lifted and the students had left the building. Helmen and Hurowitz said the staff, teachers and students all conducted themselves appropriately during the incident.

The investigation into the two threats that were made Tuesday and Wednesday at the school are being conducted by school administrators and Columbia County Sheriff deputies. Helmen said school will follow a regular schedule tomorrow and counselors will be available for students.

UPDATE 1:50 p.m.

Students are set to be released from both schools. Law enforcement will continue the investigation at the site.

UPDATE 1:20 p..m.

Students at both schools, CMHS and Clatskanie Elementary School are set to be released early, at 1:36 p.m.

Clatskanie Middle/High School went on a lockdown this afternoon, which is continuing at this time. This is the second disruption in classes in two days. Yesterday at about 11:15, a threatening message was discovered on one of the girls' bathrooms at the high school. The school went into lockout at that point, which means that the classes would continue but students were not allowed to exit or enter the school. School officials are following specific lockdown procedures in this latest incident.

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