Central put on soft lockdown Monday afternoon

ABERDEEN, S.D. (By Elisa Sand esand@aberdeennews.com) – Central High School was in a stay-in-place or a soft lockdown for about a half-hour on Monday afternoon.

Aberdeen Public Schools Superintendent Becky Guffin said a person who was not a student at Central visited campus to confront a student at the school about a situation that happened outside of school.

The non-student was held in the office by school administrators and members of the Aberdeen Police Department and later escorted from the school.

In an announcement to parents, Principal Jason Uttermark said the soft lockdown was called to ensure student safety. During that time, students went about their normal schedules and could move within the buildings. Movement from building to building was restricted, Guffin said.

The non-student arrived about 2:30 p.m. Students were dismissed as usual at 3 p.m.

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