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UPDATE: Arrest After Threat Forces 2 Schools to Lock Down

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Two Springfield schools were on lockdown Friday morning in response to a threat posed by a domestic situation in a Springfield family, but the lockdown has ended with the arrest of the individual who allegedly made the threat.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Two Springfield schools were on lockdown Friday morning in response to a threat posed by a domestic situation in a Springfield family, but the lockdown has ended with the arrest of the individual who allegedly made the threat.

Springfield Public Schools spokeswoman Teresa Bledsoe said there had been no apparent immediate threat, but that "an unconfirmed and unspecified threat had been made involving Cherokee Middle School and a private school in Springfield," according to an alert sent to Cherokee parents and posted on the district's web site.

That private school is Greenwood Lab School on the campus of Missouri State University.

An AlertNow phone message sent to parents of Cherokee students by that school's principal Bill Powers said the district had been notified by police of a domestic disturbance that occurred overnight with the family of a student. 

"As a precaution, we currently have additional school police on campus and the school is on lock down," he said. "I want to emphasize at this time we have no reason to believe that students at our school are in danger. We are simply taking every precaution at this time while police officers continue their investigation into this incident."

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