UPDATE: Caldwell school district responds to possible threat

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Caldwell, KS -- UPDATE: Thursday morning, USD 260 Superintendent Alan Jamison sent an email to KAKE News. In the email, he said that last week there had reports of someone in a nearby town driving around schools and taking pictures of kids on the playground. Since then, they have been conducting lockdown drills to monitor school access.

Jamison said that they feel they have a safe school for students and staff, and will continue all activities this week, including the Elementary Halloween Parade today.

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Parents in Caldwell are asking questions after the district sent home a note about a possible threat.

KAKE News has received a copy of the note, which states, in part, that an incident on Friday is under investigation and warranted assistance from law enforcement.

The letter goes on to say that on Monday afternoon, the decision to lock down the school's outside doors was made. The letter from Superintendent Alan Jamison says the school will continue this procedure as a precautionary measure. "Off and on we have had law enforcement in the building during the day to monitor our buildings and students. We do not feel we have any threat inside our building, but we do have some concerns about how the situation might develop outside of the school." said Jamison.

the letter states that the district was not at liberty to discuss specific details regarding the threat and lock-down.

The letter goes on to say, "Every school has some sort of crisis plan and we are implementing ours in a state of higher alert....One this we do not want to do is create a panic based on assumptions of what might happen, but we do feel that there is a legitimate concern and I want you to know as a parent/guardian you do have the right to do what you think is best for your student and family, even if you feel like keeping your student at home."

The letter goes on to say the district will provide more information as soon as it is available. Messages left with Superintendent Jamison at his home and office this evening were not returned.

KAKE News is tracking this developing story and we will have more details as soon as they become available.

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