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Building 50 on the Chemeketa Community College campus in Salem was on lockdown for just under an hour due to an investigation of a potential threat, according to officials.
The building was placed on lockdown at 9:52 a.m. Thursday, said college public information officer Greg Harris.
A potential threat was made via email in what officials believe was a case of “swatting,” a practice of sending “spoofed message” to generate a response from police to an unknowing victim, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies placed the building on lockdown to determine the location of a person believed to have made the threat. The sheriff’s office lifted the lockdown around 10:45 a.m.
Deputies do not believe there is any current threat to the school. The sheriff’s office is investigating any leads to determine who sent the email.
Harris said the Marion County Sheriff’s Office notified the campus of police activity in the area. An alert was sent to employees and students.
Building 50 houses high school students with Salem-Keizer School District’s Early College High School, said district communications director Lillian Govus.
Classes carried on as usual during the lockdown, but the exterior doors were locked.
The school is one of the district’s nontraditional schools serving students who have different needs than the traditional student, Govus said.
The sheriff’s office does not expect to release any additional information until a suspect is located and identified.
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