Lockdown at Meadowdale High lifted after earlier report of possible gun at nearby park

LYNNWOOD, Wash. — A lockdown at Meadowdale High School in Lynnwood was lifted after earlier reports of a possible gun at a nearby park, officials said.

The Lynnwood Police Department tweeted about the lockdown around 11:40 a.m., saying it was initiated after reports of a gun possibly being shown at a park at 5700 168th Street Southwest earlier Monday morning.

The Edmonds School District said the lockdown started at 10 a.m. and that all students are safe.

In a letter sent to parents, the district said that school officials were also made aware of a social media post that indicated a potential threat to campus, and the school was put on lockdown out of "an abundance of caution."

Police searched the park and campus and did not locate a suspect. They did question one person suspected of posting a threat, but it is unclear if the incidents are related, the letter said.

The Lynnwood Police Department tweeted that the lockdown was lifted around 12:20 p.m. and that they will continue to investigate the incident.

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Read the full statement from the school below:

Dear families and staff,

We wanted to provide you more information following a lockdown at Meadowdale High School earlier today.

The school went into lockdown at approximately 10 a.m. today following a nearby police investigation. Lynnwood Police were following up on a report that someone displayed a firearm at Meadowdale Neighborhood Park, which is adjacent to the school.

At the same time as the police investigation, school officials were made aware of a social media post that indicated a potential threat to the campus. Out of an abundance of caution, the school went into lockdown.

Police searched the nearby park and the school campus and did not locate a suspect. Police did identify and question a person suspected of posting a threat to campus on social media. It is not known at this time if the incidents are related.

At approximately 12:15 p.m., school officials and the Lynnwood Police Department determined it was safe to resume normal operations at Meadowdale High School.

Police are continuing to investigate both incidents and there are extra police officers on campus for the rest of the day. All after school activities will operate as normal.

Emergency vehicles were parked in the Beverly Elementary School parking lot during the lockdown as a precautionary measure.

If anyone has additional information regarding these two incidents, they are encouraged to contact Principal Dave Shockley.

School safety is a top priority. We commend and thank our students and staff for staying calm and behaving well during the lockdown. We understand that an incident such as this can be unsettling for all involved so we want you to know that counseling support is available. We appreciate the Lynnwood  Police Department for their work to ensure student safety during this incident today.


Assistant Superintendent Greg Schwab and Principal Dave Shockley