Sparta Area School District to resume activities and classes after precautionary lockdown

Published: Dec. 3, 2019 at 3:46 PM CST
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The Sparta Area School District is resuming high school activities, and classes will start back up Wednesday as the district and law enforcement continue to investigate a "potential safety concern."

Monday, the school district says its high school went into a secure perimeter and classroom hold near the end of the school day as a precautionary measure.

According to Sparta Police, it was reported to school staff that a photo existed on social media of a current student holding a handgun. Initial information was the gun may have been stolen but after investigating, no crimes had been committed. The department says there was never a direct threat made towards the school, students or staff.

Another law enforcement agency made contact with the student and the student was not in possession of a firearm.

In a letter to parents, Sparta Superintendent Dr. Amy Van Deuren says there will be an increased police presence in and around the district Wednesday.

The incident is still under investigation.

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