On Thursday, November 16, at about 3:00 PM, the Pendleton Police Department received information that there was an armed individual in the vicinity of Sunridge Middle School or on the campus of the school. The police initiated a Lockdown for Sunridge Middle School. Since this was during dismissal time, all students and staff were pulled inside the building. Police arrived on campus within a few minutes, assessed the situation and went through the entire building. Police could not locate a suspect and nobody matching the individual’s description was found. Officers lifted the Lockdown and students were able to be dismissed. Buses began running and Tutuilla Road, which had been blocked by law enforcement, was reopened and parents could proceed to campus.
School district officials work closely with local law enforcement to ensure emergency protocols are followed in these situations and will have a debriefing of the situation on Tuesday, November 21. District staff thank the police department, Sunridge staff, students and parents for their cooperation.