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STURGIS, S.D. – Schools in Sturgis were placed on a soft lockdown Thursday morning after law enforcement received a report that a parent was threatening self-harm.


Sturgis Police Chief Geody VanDewater says a grandparent heard the threat and was concerned the parent would visit the student at school.


VanDewaater says as they worked to verify the threat, they spoke with the Meade 46-1 School District and decided it was best to go on a soft lockdown. That is where classroom doors are locked, but the school curriculum continues.


VanDewater says after determining the parent in question wasn’t in Meade County, and the threat was no longer there, the lockdown was lifted.


Meade 46-1 Superintendent Jeff Simmons says it was good opportunity to work on the continuing professional partnership they have with Sturgis Police and the Meade County Sheriff…





Simmons explains the protocol for a soft lockdown…




Simmons says there was never a threat to students.

VanDewater says they are following up with a welfare check on the parent