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Treasure hunt triggers school lockdown

Posted: Friday, Apr 26th, 2013

News of a lockdown at Siuslaw schools Thursday evening may have startled more than a few Florence parents as news traveled by mouth and by courtesy of the Internet’s Facebook. Even though school authorities made rounds of phone calls, through an automatic system, to all students’ homes after the incident, rumors flowed.

According to Florence Police Lt. John Pitcher, the incident was brief and turned out well.

Pitcher and another officer responded to a telephone call from Middle School Principal Lisa Peterson on April 25, right before lunchtime, about a suspicious box that had been deposited near the school’s entrance.

Peterson said that a Siuslaw teacher, Shirley Raia, reported she had seen a vehicle drive up to the school and a person exit the car and set a box under a tree. The person then returned to the car and left.

Peterson went outside and looked at the box then called for a lockdown, notifying the elementary and high school as well as the Head Start office and child care facilities. Then she called the police.

Pitcher, when he arrived, was directed to the small box, which was marked with an “X” and placed under a tree. Above the box, hanging on the tree, was a No. 3 made of paper.

For the complete article see the 04-27-2013 issue.

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