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Platteville police: No active shooter situation in city

Platteville schools closed today, Belmont on “soft lockdown”

POSTED January 12, 2018 10:13 a.m.

Platteville police say there is no active shooter threat in the city after Platteville Public Schools were closed this morning.

Meanwhile, Belmont schools were placed on soft lockdown after a request by the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office, according to the Belmont schools Facebook page.

According to a post on the Platteville Police Department Facebook page, the incident that resulted in schools’ closing was related to someone “who was threatening harm to himself” near Platteville High School.

Platteville schools were placed on a two-hour delay around 6:10 a.m., then were closed before 8 a.m.

“Since we had very little information, I made the decision to call a two-hour delay in hopes that there would be a resolution to the situation soon,” said PPS superintendent Connie Valenza in an email to parents. “When the hour was approaching 8 a.m., after consulting with Chief [Doug] McKinley of the Platteville Police, we made a joint decision that we did not have enough information to ensure student safety on the way to school and in school.”

Valenza’s email said a decision on after-school activities would be made later today.

Updates will be available on The Journal’s Facebook page and when more information is available.

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