Police responded to a false report of a person with a weapon at Helena High School at about 12:30 p.m. Monday, prompting a brief lockdown of the school.
“The school has been deemed safe and the details of the calls are being investigated at this time,” said Corey Livesay, captain of the Helena Police Department, while on the scene at about 1 p.m.
Livesay said that police believed the Helena High call was linked to another false report of a structure fire at 24 South Ewing. That false report was made at 12:05 p.m.
Livesay would not say what type of weapon was mentioned in the unfounded report.
“That’s part of the investigation,” he said. “Right now the source of those calls is being investigated.”
Livesay said in both cases authorities responded to the calls as if they were legitimate.
“Law enforcement responded to the high school and worked with the school officials to make sure there wasn’t a valid threat that was reported to the 911 center,” he said.
Helena High principal Steve Thennis notified parents of the situation Monday afternoon.
Anyone with information related to either call is asked to contact the Helena Police Department or to call Helena High at 324.2200.
In a phone interview at about 5 p.m., Livesay declined to release any new information because the investigation was still underway.
“Right now the details that connect them (the two calls) are under investigation, so we’re not releasing that,” he said.