SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – Police in Tea and Sioux Falls had to investigate separate incidents that impacted local schools Tuesday morning.
The first happened in Tea — the district says they received a threatening robocall similar to ones received nationwide. Authorities investigated the call and determined there was no danger.
Tea Area Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Nebelsick Lowery said a social media post the call was a threat, but it was not specific to the middle school.
“We went into administrative lock-in at the middle school and adjacent buildings (High School and Legacy),” she said. “All calls from the morning were traced, and information was provided to law enforcement. Law enforcement reviewed our buildings and the surrounding areas. Law enforcement continued to secure our facilities. The number was traced to a different jurisdiction. The student was not a Tea Area student or in the area of our school or jurisdiction.”
The second happened in Sioux Falls. Police were contacted by another agency about a possible threat in that jurisdiction. An investigation revealed the person may be in Sioux Falls, potentially in the area of several schools.
The Sioux Falls School District and Bishop O’Gorman put nearby schools under a shelter-in-place order.
Around 1 p.m., the person was located and the shelter in place was lifted.