Arlee schools briefly locked down; no threat made

2012-12-18T05:45:00Z 2014-03-24T17:59:03Z Arlee schools briefly locked down; no threat madeBy VINCE DEVLIN of the Missoulian missoulian.com
December 18, 2012 5:45 am  • 

ARLEE – It’s one thing to practice school lockdowns, and another to have to engage in the real deal.

Arlee Schools will use Monday morning’s unexpected precautionary lockdown – triggered by a report of a suicidal male in the vicinity of the schools, but not on school property – to fine-tune procedures, Superintendent George Linthicum said.

Schools here were locked down briefly after Lake County Dispatch received a report at 10:06 a.m. of a male at a private residence threatening suicide with a firearm.

“We chose to contact the schools and have them go into lockdown just for safety precautions,” Lake County Sheriff Jay Doyle said. The sheriff indicated the primary concern was the outside possibility a suicidal person might leave the residence with the firearm and for some reason head in the direction of the schools.

The suicidal male “didn’t make any threats to the schools, only to himself,” Doyle said, “but we just felt it was right to take the precaution.”

Linthicum said the lockdown lasted as few as five to six minutes, and 10 minutes “at the most.”

“I wasn’t timing it, we were busy making sure all the procedures were being followed,” Linthicum said.

Teachers locked classroom doors, pulled curtains and shades so intruders could not see into the rooms, and moved children to the farthest wall from the door and had them sit on the floor.

Students practice lockdown procedures the same as they do fire drills, Linthicum said.

Teachers and staff are notified of a lockdown either over the public address system or in person, according to the superintendent.

“Overall it went well,” Linthicum said. “We had some teachers who did not clearly hear the first announcement because their classes were practicing for a Christmas program. Our building principals will visit with the staff and find out what went right and what we can do to improve, and we’ll build a better plan.”

The school used a “phone tree” later to notify parents that the schools had been briefly locked down. The message said the incident triggering the lockdown involved a “person with a gun,” but that the incident did not occur on school property.

Doyle said the man threatening suicide was successfully taken into protective custody. Lake County authorities later identified him in a news release as Peter Woken, 37. It said Woken was taken into custody at a private residence on McMurtrie Street approximately 20 minutes after the call came in to Lake County Dispatch, and transported to the Lake County Detention Center.

McMurtrie Street is approximately three blocks from the schools.

Reporter Vince Devlin can be reached at 1-800-366-7186 or at vdevlin@missoulian.com.

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(7) Comments

  1. MissoulaResident
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    MissoulaResident - December 18, 2012 4:57 pm
    Being suicidal does not make you a deranged mental sicko. It's a cry for help, he never threatened the school, only himself. To compare a suicidal man to a rapist or a molester is comparing apples and oranges. Maybe you should do more research before writing such awful comments. I can only hope if you find yourself in a situation where you feel you have no way out but death someone will be kind enough to stop you and send you to treatment instead letting you harm yourself.
  2. madtaxpayer
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    madtaxpayer - December 18, 2012 8:10 am
    oh, I'm sorry, was I supposed to care about a deranged mental sicko over children?
    NOT! Have you even read the news in the last 5 days? Do YOU think the mentally deranged killer deserved to live???? If you do, you are the one who is sick.

  3. Alan Johnson
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    Alan Johnson - December 17, 2012 4:53 pm
    Are you serious? You are sick!
  4. madtaxpayer
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    madtaxpayer - December 17, 2012 1:42 pm
    makes me sad that my children have to live in fear at school. it is just wrong. I feel so bad for children today, they can't go to the movies, the malls or even to school without the fear of being killed by some wack job. the cops should have let the guy commit suicide, now he'll get treatment, be let go and probably go kill someone. that's the way this country is, just give the felons a slap on the hand and let them go so they can rape, molest and kill again and again.

    the judicial system sucks and they don't even care if they suck,.
  5. 1302-2298
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    1302-2298 - December 17, 2012 1:37 pm
    Yes montanaproud, THANK YOU TO THE ARLEE STAFF FOR YOUR FAST RESPONSE AND TO LAKE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPT!!!!! That is my children"s school and working out of state I worry non stop with all the violence that has gone on in Lake and Sanders County lately. @ Ejace... yes after what happen in CT they did what was right when they have someone ready to die carrying a gun near the school. As a parent of 2 students in that school I am beyond happy with them!!!! I feel that much better knowing the school did what it needed to, to ensure the safety of my children along with every other child in that school.
  6. montanaproud
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    montanaproud - December 17, 2012 1:18 pm
    Thank You Lake County Sheriffs Department and Arlee Schools for Protecting our kids
  7. Ejace
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    Ejace - December 17, 2012 1:17 pm
    Lock down all the schools with every suicidal threat made. Have Swat teams at the ready. Post cops at every school in the nation. Every domestic violence situation or call should have the same response. Give teachers guns. Teach them warfare. By the way, teach kids a mandatory self defense class. When someone goes crazy, be ready to kill them...or they might show up at the mall, or schools, guns blazing. Mentally ill people need to be watched. They might be hearing voices. Be ready for that too. I feel for those kids. It was horrible what happened to them, the teachers, and other adults in authority. I have kids of my own. That would be horrible to feel that pain of loss. Or my brother if he worked at the school when the shooting went down. He works for the post office. I worry someone is going to go postal. But when it comes down to it...can you say overkill? You might prevent one tragedy, or two, or three. Someday someone is going to do this again. Its going to happen. History repeats itself. Its horrible. Its unforgiving. The pain of someone who wants to kill themselves, is horrible too. Ive been in that place. Ive never wanted to take someone else out. To hurt someone else in my painful misery. Lets not live our lives in fear of what might happen. Lets live it...free. Thats not going to happen if the public is going to panic at every bang. The cops, or the public...is going to hurt someone...and this will be the worst tragedy of all.
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