Douglas County High School had brief lockout

Police responded after anonymous tip about contraband on school grounds

Jessica Gibbs
jgibbs@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 1/15/20

Douglas County High School was placed on lockout as Castle Rock police searched a vehicle in the student parking lot on Jan. 14. The lockout lasted approximately 10 minutes, according to a letter to …

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Douglas County High School had brief lockout

Police responded after anonymous tip about contraband on school grounds

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Douglas County High School was placed on lockout as Castle Rock police searched a vehicle in the student parking lot on Jan. 14. The lockout lasted approximately 10 minutes, according to a letter to parents from Principal Tony Kappas.

The Castle Rock Police Department posted to its Facebook page that the Douglas County School District received an anonymous tip about noon regarding possible contraband in a vehicle parked in the student parking lot. Police and a school resource officer from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office responded.

While investigating the tip, officers found evidence from a “previously reported, unrelated property crime,” the post says. It does not disclose what officers found or details about the property crime.

Officer Seth Morrissey, a spokesman for the police department, said the department was not issuing more information at this time. He did not confirm if an arrest was made.

“There's not anything else that I can release. It's still an active investigation,” Morrissey said. “I wish there was there just nothing else we can release at this time.”

A records request for the police report was denied because the incident remains an open investigation, according to a town records custodian.

Kappas' letter said police determined there was no threat to the school and the lockout was lifted. During a lockout, doors to the school are locked and teachers are on alert, but school activities continue normally inside.

“Our entire staff is committed to maintaining a happy, healthy and safe learning community for everyone,” Kappas wrote.

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