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‘No direct threat’ after lockdowns, says Sonora PD

Multiple agencies respond to Sonora High School on April 6 during the lockdown. Jill Bergantz/Calaveras Enterprise

“We don’t foresee any need to have people keep their kids home from school. There has been no direct threat,” said Cpl. Brickley of the Sonora Police Department in a message shared special to the Enterprise ahead of the school week on Saturday, April 22. The message from Brickley brings needed relief to the Tuolumne County community at large.

Between Sonora High School and Sonora Elementary School, three lockdowns have occurred in April 2023, leaving students, parents, and law enforcement on edge. Law enforcement’s response to the initial lockdown at Sonora High on April 6 took roughly two minutes, and included such varied agencies as deputized officers from the District Attorney’s office running north on Washington Street toward the school. The Sonora Police Department is still investigating and reviewing video footage from the April 6 lockdown.

The Sonora Elementary School lockdown on April 11 concluded after roughly one hour. “We located the individual, detained, and released him. He did not have any weapons,” said Brickley.

During the most recent Sonora High lockdown on Friday, April 21, Brickley said, “There was no direct threat towards the school or students but there was an abundance of caution.”

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