Sparta schools closed over safety threat

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Missing handgun potentially in possession of a student

At approximately 2:45 p.m. December 2nd, Sparta High School went into a secure perimeter and classroom hold. These procedures were enacted as precautionary measures in response to a potential safety concern.

Shortly before the secure perimeter and classroom hold were called, high school administrators received information about a missing handgun that was potentially in the possession of a student. While this information was unconfirmed, we perceived it to be a credible safety concern and treated it as such. This student was not present in any of our school buildings today. The student’s whereabouts were and continue to be unknown.

As a precautionary measure, we canceled evening activities throughout the district and cleared all campuses. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to ascertain the accuracy of the allegations and the exact nature of the safety concern.

In order to ensure we are moving forward in a safe manner, we will not be holding school December 3rd. Neither students nor staff should report to school. No athletic practices or other activities will be held in the district tomorrow. We will share more information tomorrow as soon as we are able. Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we work through this issue with law enforcement. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority.

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