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Loyola Sacred Heart HS takes precautions after threat to student safety

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MISSOULA - A parent of a student who attends Loyola Sacred Heart High School reported on Wednesday that their student had told them about threatening graffiti on the walls of the boy's bathroom. The graffiti specifically mentioned Feb. 22.

“This is the first time where we had a specific date identified and from the start of the school day we did something different. We haven't had cause to do that in the past," Loyola Sacred Heart principal -- and president of Missoula Catholic Schools -- Kathy Schneider said.

The school took action right away sending out emails to parents and asking other students if they had seen the same message. Another student said he also saw the graffiti as well -- and from there they took precautions.

“We do have emergency protocols and train our teachers in active resistance training lockdown procedures. But this was something that was new for us in terms of having those added safety precautions. And we have looked at our protocols and worked with the Missoula City Police Department and think that there’s things we can do better” Schneider said.

The school called Missoula Police and asked for assistance. Students were not allowed to arrive on campus until 7:30 a.m. and when they did, teachers and other staff checked backpacks at the door.

Interquest Canine Detection also swept the building for gunpowder and other hazards before students arrived and again once classes had begun. All doors to the school were locked for the duration of the day.

Schneider said that the faculty and staff are pleased with the way that things went today and that they are incredibly thankful for the positive response from students and their families.

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