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Blaine School District cancels classes for a second day after student received threats

Multiple agencies responded to the Blaine school campus Wednesday after a student received threats.

BLAINE, Wash. — The Blaine School District canceled classes for Friday after a student received threats on Wednesday, prompting an hours-long lockdown of the main campus.

It's the second day classes were canceled.

Multiple agencies responded to the Blaine school campus around 2:20 p.m. after a student received threats through a text message from an unknown source, according to a joint statement from the school district and the Blaine Police Department (BPD).

The student received additional threats that "escalated in seriousness and indicated a person was in the school with a weapon," according to the statement.

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The campus includes a primary school, elementary, middle, and senior high school.

Around 5 p.m., the BPD tweeted all Blaine schools had “been cleared and are safe,” and the school district would begin releasing students to their families.

The Blaine school campus was placed in lockdown out of "an abundance of caution,” police said. There were no reported injuries.  

Some students in grades six through 12 were initially evacuated to the Boys & Girls Club and released to families. All remaining students were moved to the stadium as police cleared buildings.

"Despite the chaos and difficulty of this day, we are all incredibly grateful for the partnership between our school district and police department. Most of all we are grateful for the safety of our community’s children," the joint statement reads.

The district said it has been in communication with the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction about the incident.

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