MANDATA — State police have verified that the threat at Line Mountain School District is a "swatting incident," or a prank call to draw large numbers of emergency services to a location, and that threat was made from Indiana.
Authorities in Indiana have verified the information, Trooper Rick Blair reported to media at 3:38 p.m.
"There is no danger to the school or public at this time," he said.
Line Mountain Middle/High School has been on lockdown since about 2 p.m. At 2:50 p.m. an alert on the school's website said: "The HS and MS remain on lockdown as of 2:50pm. Everyone is safe and still waiting for state police to OK the release of the students from the building."
The school later posted that high school and middle school students were to be released at 4:10 p.m. and the elementary at approximately 5 p.m. It said students are permitted to drive home.
Blair originally reported via email that a threat was made at approximately 2 p.m.
A dispatch at 2:02 p.m. was for an "active shooter," but authorities shortly after clarified and said someone in the parking lot was on the phone with administration making threats, according to emergency communications.
"There is NOT and never was an active shooter at the school," Blair wrote at that time.
Police units as well as various EMS units from throughout the region have responded to the school. Vehicles are being checked in the parking lot.