'Soft lockdown' closes Plymouth-Canton schools
Students who attend school at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park were released at 11 a.m. on Thursday, hours after Canton police began an investigation into a threat made against Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, which resulted in a soft lockdown.
"We want to make clear that there is not an immediate threat at this time and all students and staff are safe," the district said in a statement on its website, "but due to the timing of events and the upcoming lunch periods, we are going to dismiss all P-CEP students today at 11 a.m."
Canton police reached the park about 8:30 a.m., but said on their Facebook page that "there is not a threat at this time."
"As a precaution the students have been placed on a soft lockdown, holding them in their current locations, but continuing with classroom instruction," a release from the Canton Public Safety Department said.
Authorities are asking that parents refrain from calling the affected high schools and Canton police, so as to leave the lines open for emergency calls. Authorities also ask that parents not come up to the school, so as to avoid "unnecessary confusion on campus."
This is the second soft lockdown at Plymouth-Canton school is as many weeks, following a threat made on Friday that led to another shelter-in-place order.