Gun threat causes Riverbend Elementary to take precautions

A report of a distraught woman with a gun caused a nearby elementary school to briefly shut down Thursday.

About 11:44 a.m., the Juneau Police Department received a report that a distraught 39-year-old woman had a firearm at the Riverbend Apartments, Lt. David Campbell said in a press release. Riverbend Elementary School was notified and the school initiated its “stay-put” procedure.

School district spokeswoman Kristin Bartlett has said in the past that schools can consider a range of options in these cases. The options include a “stay put,” where outside doors are locked but the school keeps operating, and a lockdown, where normal operations cease and students are locked inside classrooms or evacuated.

JPD officers arrived at the Riverbend Apartments, established a secure perimeter, and talked to the woman by phone, Campbell said in the release. About 12:05 p.m., she came out of the apartment and was taken into protective custody without further incident.

Riverbend Elementary was notified and the area was subsequently reopened to the public.

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