A strong police presence at South High School Monday morning resulted in a false call being reported to 9-1-1. According to Cheyenne Police, the call came in around 8:15 a.m. for a report of an active assailant in the first-floor bathroom.
Immediately following the call, school administration was notified of the potential threat, and South High as well as surrounding schools were placed into a lockdown for the safety of the students and staff.
Additional officers were dispatched to assist and without hesitation, entered the school. Police then began simultaneously securing and searching the interior. Officers cleared the building just after 9:00 and determined there was no threat to public safety. No injuries have been reported.
Superintendent Dr. Margaret Crespo released this letter to the community following the incident:
Dear Laramie County School District 1 Community,
As we close out the recent law enforcement activity in the South Triad, I want to take a moment to let you know I have been closely following the local, regional, state, and national trends we are seeing related to school safety, including concerning behaviors in our local community, swatting incidents around Colorado and now Wyoming. During these events false calls are made to emergency services, sometimes from overseas, regarding active school threats and critical incidents.
Ensuring the safety of our school environments is paramount and we will not tolerate any behaviors both on or off district property that impact the health and security of our schools and community. False reporting places our entire community in danger. We appreciate everyone who continues to report concerns and share information with us, as well as our law enforcement partners. It is important to contacting your school or local law enforcement agency when you have concerns, and students and families are encouraged to continue to use Safe2Tell, 844-996-7233 (844-WYO-SAFE) to share anonymous or confidential information.
As part of our commitment to provide the highest levels of safety and security in our schools, we have continued to invest in our safety and security through cameras, safe vestibules and emergency notification systems like Alertus.
I am very grateful for the continued partnership with law enforcement. If you have any questions or feedback for our district, please feel free to contact me directly or your student’s school principal.