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10/11/2017
Kodiak school cleared after lockdown

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Police on Alaska’s Kodiak Island say a student has denied talking about shooting up her school, which was placed in lockdown after authorities were called to investigate.

Authorities determined a female student reportedly made the comments at the high school and middle school Tuesday morning, Kodiak Police Chief Ronda Wallace said. The girl was overheard by another student, who reported the comments to a substitute teacher, Wallace said.

Earlier reports said the teacher overheard the student’s statement.

The girl denied making any such comments, Wallace said.

Wallace told The Associated Press earlier Tuesday the student was heard saying “something to do with losing it and shooting up the school.”

After the comments were reported, responding officers searched the school and conducted interviews before determining there was no credible threat.

No weapons were found, and no one was ever threatened, Wallace said. Also, no injuries were reported.

Besides the school, a nearby elementary school and other buildings were closed during the lockdown.

Kodiak is about 250 miles southwest of Anchorage. There about 650 students at Kodiak High School.