Elementary school in Pendleton placed under temporary lockdown

<p>Pendleton School District</p>

Pendleton School District

PENDLETON – Washington Elementary School was placed under a precautionary lockdown for approximately 10 minutes today after staff heard what they believed to have been gunfire in the area at around 1:10 p.m.

Pendleton Police searched the area and determined the gunshots stemmed from a man legally shooting outside of Pendleton city limits. School officials lifted the lockdown at 1:20 p.m. once police determined there was no threat.

During the short lockdown, students were secured inside their classrooms with teachers, who continued regular instruction. Students were not allowed outside of classrooms during that time, per school safety procedures.

“The staff at Washington Elementary and Principal Curt Thompson did a great job during this brief lockdown and did what they were supposed to do, which is to follow procedures to keep students safe,” said Tricia Mooney, Assistant Superintendent of the Pendleton School District. “The District would also like to extend its appreciation of the Pendleton Police Department’s quick response and resolution to the matter.”