UPDATE 9 A.M. — Buffalo Superintendent Tim Ryan gave some background as to what happened this morning that led to the lockdown.
Ryan said that just after 7 a.m., a teacher received a phone call on a classroom phone. The person who called had a foreign accent and said something along the lines of they “were going to shoot up the Dallas County schools.” Then they hung up.
Law enforcement was immediately called. Ryan said that families were notified of the threat. At 8:22 a.m., the schools were cleared.
“We have tracked the phone number as far as we can through out telephone provider and have turned that information over to law enforcement for further action,” Ryan wrote in a release.
UPDATE 8:30 A.M. — The Buffalo police and Dallas County Sheriff’s Office has given the schools the all-clear to enter the buildings.
DALLAS COUNTY, Mo. — Buffalo and Dallas County schools are on lockdown as law enforcement sweeps the buildings for danger.
According to a press release from Dallas County R-I Schools, the district received a threatening call.
Though the call is believed to be a false threat, the schools and law enforcement are following procedure and conducting sweeps of the buildings. Once the buildings are cleared, students will be allowed inside.
The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office would not speak about the threat. Calls to the schools have gone unanswered.
OzarksFirst will update this article as more information is released.