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Lockout lifted at D20's Liberty High School and Timberview MS

Academy District 20 D20 ASD20
Posted at 12:52 PM, Apr 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-19 20:35:36-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Academy District 20 placed Liberty High School and Timberview Middle School on lockout status Monday following a "concerning social media post."

Just before 3:30 p.m., the district reported that the lockout was still in place. Just after 6 p.m., they reported the lockout had been lifted.

According to the release from the district, they had learned of a potential threat against Liberty was made on social media.

CSPD was contacted and following an investigation, they were able to locate the individual who made the threat and take them into custody.

The district said Tuesday will be “business as usual.”

Both schools are just west of Powers Boulevard between Research and Briargate in Colorado Springs.

The middle school is included in the status due to proximity to the high school and a sharing of facilities.

Under the lockout conditions:

  • The perimeter of the school is secured
  • All students remain indoors
  • All perimeter doors are locked
  • Attendance is taken
  • It is business as usual within the building

The principal wrote to parents, "Please note all students scheduled for second lunch will remain indoors and on campus. Sodexo will provide lunch."


Here’s a look at the K-12 Standard Response Protocol used by districts across Colorado, the United States and Canada.

Lockdown: Locks, Lights, Out of Sight

Students are to move away from sight, maintain silence, and do not open the door.

Teachers are to lock interior doors, turn out the lights, move away from sight, do not open the door, maintain silence, and take attendance.

Lockout: Secure the perimeter

Students are to return inside, conduct business as usual.

Teachers are to bring everyone indoors, lock perimeter doors, increase situational awareness, conduct business as usual, and take attendance.

Evacuate to an announced location

Students are to bring their phones, leave everything else behind, and follow staff and law enforcement instructions.

Teachers are to lead the evacuation to the announced location, take attendance, and notify of any missing, extra or injured students.

In the event of a natural disaster:

  • Tornado: Students will evacuate to a shelter area
  • Hazmat: Students will help seal the room
  • Eathquake: Students are to drop, cover and hold
  • Tsunami: Students are to get to high ground

In all of the above situations, teachers will lead the safety strategy and take attendance.

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