Nisley Elementary School and Bookcliff Middle Schools along with Kinderhaus Learning Center were in 'shelter in place' mode for about 10 minutes as police searched for a felony menacing suspect in the area around 8:30 a.m. today.
Officials on scene tell 11 News that students walking to school this morning say they saw a man they thought had a knife. The students ran to school and told authorities there who contacted police immediately. Police asked for the schools to be put on lockdown as a precautionary measure. The suspect was contacted shortly thereafter and officers determined he was not a threat.
School District 51 spokesman Jeff Kirtland says anytime a threat is in the area of a school the authorities ask for a lockdown, but it's up to the schools to determine the level of lockdown. Kirktand says only if the threat is to the school or is inside the school does it go into full lockdown. Both schools elected to go into 'shelter in place' mode where no one could enter or leave the building but those inside could move freely.
Nisley is located at 543 28 3/4 Road. Bookcliff Middle School is at 540 29 1/4 Road in Grand Junction.