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Merton Schools back to normal after brief lockdown

A brief lockdown at the two Merton schools ended without incident this morning.

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, authorities were alerted to a possibly suicidal individual carrying a weapon in the vicinity of the two abutting schools at approximately 11 a.m.

"So just as a precautionary measure they (sheriff's deputies) contacted the schools to do a lockdown until they found him," said Capt. Karen Ruff of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

The man in question was found in Milwaukee County a short time later, and the school was returned to normal status by 11:50 a.m.

Merton Community School District Superintendent Ron Russ e-mailed parents in the wake of the incident but offered few details.

"First, everything is just fine and the situation that arose today poses no threat to our community. It was handled by law enforcement," he wrote.

The e-mail described a "possible dangerous situation (that) could arise in our community."

The school immediately brought all students inside and monitored its entrances. Students were also temporarily kept inside for recess and physical education classes, according to the superintendent's e-mail.

Students and parents were given no further details, but school functions were back to normal after authorities found the man in Milwaukee County.

 

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