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Police call results in Craig “soft lockdown”

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Gazette staff
November 5, 2009
— Craig High School students and staff were ordered into a “soft lockdown” for about five minutes around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Principal Mike Kuehne reported.

The school was reacting to a call from Janesville police, who were responding to a report of a man with a knife in a home in the 300 block of South Randall Avenue. Craig is at 401. S. Randall.


The incident was not school related, was resolved quickly, and the school resumed business usual, Kuehne said.


In a soft lockdown, everyone is restricted to classrooms with doors locked, but lessons continue. No one is allowed in the halls or to leave the school.


Lockdowns are intended to protect the school in the event of an attack by an armed intruder. They also are used when police respond to potentially volatile situations near school buildings.


Police reported detaining a man in his home and seeking a mental-health evaluation. The man told police there was no knife.


Kuehne said a mass notification of parents using the district’s new AlertNow phone system was planned for Wednesday after school.



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