Reports of a gunshot or gunshots Friday morning prompted a brief period in which all Scottsbluff Public School District facilities were placed into secure status.
An automated alert was sent to parents around 8:10 a.m., saying the action was taken following Scottsbluff Police notification of what the reporting party said sounded like gunfire in the vicinity of Bluffs Middle School.
Because of the report, all schools were placed in SECURE status, with no one allowed in or out, but classroom instruction and other school business was continuing as usual.
About half an hour after the initial report, police radio communications indicated officers had heard a few more rounds of gunfire which they believed were likely from the hunters’ shotguns.
SBPS spokesperson Melissa Price said school buildings were released from the secure status a little less than 45 minutes after the initial report.