Suspicious package prompts brief lockdown at Battle Ground High School

The modified lockdown was in place for about an hour until police determined there was no threat

BATTLE GROUND — There were some tense moments for students at Battle Ground High School this morning, and for their parents when a suspicious package prompted a lockdown.

“Law enforcement investigated a suspicious item that was found outside the school,” says Rita Sanders with the Battle Ground School District, “and they determined that it was not a threat.”

Battle Ground High School (file photo). Photo by Chris Brown
Battle Ground High School (file photo). Photo by Chris Brown

Sanders says Battle Ground police, with assistance from a Clark County Sheriff’s Office bomb technician, scanned the campus and found nothing else suspicious.

A modified lockdown essentially brings students inside the building, then locks the exterior doors to prevent anyone from entering or leaving. It’s the lesser version of a full lockdown, which is when both interior and exterior doors are locked.

“We have regular drills, and lockdown is one of them,” says Sanders.

The modified lockdown was lifted after about an hour and classes were able to resume by 11 a.m. It’s unclear exactly what the package was that police found. Sanders says she was also unaware of reports on social media that the package had been found outside the school and then brought inside by a staff member. has reached out to officials of the Battle Ground Police Department for further information and will update this article as new details are available.


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Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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