Three schools in Forest Grove School District on lockout out of “abundance of caution”

This post has been updated with information on the distinction between a lockout and a lockdown. 

Forest Grove – The Forest Grove School District placed Forest Grove High School, Neil Armstrong Middle School, and Echo Shaw Elementary School on lockout around 12 p.m. today, stemming from an earlier incident involving shots fired in Cornelius.

Update from the FGSD: as of 2:19 p.m.: “All schools will release students at the regularly schedule time. As a precaution, the police will have a presence at all three schools.”

A lockout means that no one can enter or leave school campuses, and classes continue as normal. Usually, lockouts are in place as a precautionary measure, compared to a more serious lockdown, which is used for an active threat such as a school shooting or other incident which places students and school personnel in immediate danger, according to FGSD Communications Director David Warner. During a lockdown, doors are locked, lights are turned off, and students are to take cover inside the building.  

As reported by the Forest Grove News Times, deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Cornelius responded to South First Avenue and Heather Street to reports of gunfire Friday morning around  9:05 a.m. According to Washington County Sheriff’s Office Jeff Talbot, the gunfire was related to a domestic disturbance. 

As of 1 p.m. today, the alleged shooter was still at large, and the Forest Grove School District decided to place three of their schools on a modified lockout “out of an abundance of caution” said Talbot. Classes will continue as normal. According to Talbot, children of the families involved in the domestic disturbance attend the schools that were on lockout.

According to a school district official who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak on the matter, the lockout will continue until the end of the school day. 

Updates can be found on the school district website as they are made available. 

Sources and more information:

Washington County Sheriff’s Office PIO Jeff Talbot
Forest Grove News Times article
Forest Grove School District Press Release