It seems that even Montana is not immune to gun paranoia. Three high schools in Missoula were locked down Friday, after police received a report of a possible stolen gun.
Three Missoula high schools were locked down for a short time Friday after authorities discovered a vehicle break-in at Hellgate High School, raising the possibility a gun had been stolen.
School officials tell us the lockdown was ordered after they learned about the stolen gun report shortly after lunch. The school district says Hellgate, Big Sky, and Sentinel High Schools were placed under a "modified lockdown" as a precaution. That means the exterior doors were either locked or closed with an employee on standby, but administrators say students were being allowed to move from class to class.
Although the lockdown was later eased on the other campuses around the city, the scene around Hellgate remained unsettled for a couple of hours with police cars in the area. School resource officers helped as lockers were searched, but no weapons were found. There were no reports of any specific threats against students, or anyone being endangered, nor of any arrests.
Students were dismissed at their regular time at 3 p.m. School officials and police are continuing to investigate.