GT Norman locked down due to 'possible outside threat to staff member'

REED CITY — A precautionary outside lockdown took place at GT Norman Elementary School on Friday beginning at 8:30 a.m. due to what the district called an "possible outside threat to a staff member."

"Once we heard of the threat we thought we should lock the school down just in case," said Reed City Area Public Schools Superintendent Tim Webster. "In these cases we like to err on the side of caution."

Under lockdown procedures, the school locked all exits and notified staff that all visitors must enter through the main doors only. Classes and activities went on as usual, with the exception of outside recess. Students were told the incident was a lockout rehearsal.

During the incident, the school worked with members of the Reed City Police Department who investigated the situation to determine the legitimacy of the threat. Further investigation revealed there was no longer a threat to the school, and warranted an "all clear" at 10:45 a.m.

An official letter is posted at, was sent to district staff and was posted to the district's Skyward access site for parents to review.