Cloquet School Given All-Clear After Lockdown

Students are Secured in School

CLOQUET, Minn. – The Cloquet High School was placed on lockdown Wednesday morning just after 7:30 a.m., after a domestic dispute involving parents during morning drop off.

The school was placed on lockdown while police searched for the individual, after their car was found unoccupied on the school’s campus.

The person of interest was located around 9:30 a.m. and the all-clear given an hour later.

“When the call initially came in, there was that split second; is this for real and as soon as we found out it was a legitimate lock down, things started to happen as we planned and as we did the drills,” said Derek Randall, commander of investigations for the Cloquet Police Department.

The following is a statement from the Cloquet School District regarding the incident:

At approximately 9:15 this morning we placed Cloquet High School into a lockdown. No Cloquet students or staff were ever threatened.  This lockdown was a result of a domestic dispute involving parents during morning drop off at Li’l Lumberjacks Learning Center.  The car belonging to the individual that the police were looking for was found unoccupied on the school campus.  After consultation with the Cloquet Police Department, the school was placed on lockdown while the police searched for the individual.  Law enforcement located the individual off of school grounds.  The school lockdown was a result of not knowing if the individual was on the school campus or not.  Our students and staff responded quickly and appropriately.  The efficiency of the lockdown was aided by our newly installed security equipment.  All exterior doors were instantly secured by the push of a button.  There are no further concerns regarding this incident.  Cloquet High School would like to thank the following responding agencies for quickly clearing any safety concerns and allowing us to resume our regular school day: Cloquet Police Department, Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, Fond du Lac Tribal Police Department, and the Minnesota State Patrol.



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