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Detention hearing set for juvenile accused of sparking lockdown


By Valerie Reddell

LIVINGSTON — A detention hearing will be held this afternoon for a 16-year-old Livingston High School student who made a verbal threat against another student in the classroom Tuesday, prompting a lockdown of the campus this morning, according to Lt. Matt Parrish of the Livingston Police Department. “There was no weapon, no hit list and the threat was not posted online, although other students did send text messages to each other about the threat,” Parrish said. Livingston Independent School District decided to lock-down the campus as a precaution and LPD supported that decision, Parrish said. A second student is being detained for making a false report to a police officer after he made a bogus allegation to police about another student, Parrish said. “The student admitted he did it seeking attention, but it really pulled resources from the initial investigation and complicates things,” Parrish said. LPD sent four additional officers to the campus to supplement the fulltime campus resource officer. As students arrived, officers used a metal-detecting wand for a “minimally invasive” search for weapons, according to Parrish. “The students were very cooperative and showed a lot of maturity in handling the situation,” Parrish said. “Some outside factions did cause some complications during the investigation.” The lockdown ended at 10:40 a.m.


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