Lockdowns lifted at Lewiston schools following 'safety concern' in area

Lewiston High School (WGME)

LEWISTON (WGME/SUN JOURNAL) -- Police say the lockdowns at Lewiston High School and Martel Elementary School have been lifted.

The lockdown went into effect “because police advised it,” Assistant Superintendent Shawn Chabot said. “There’s nothing inside the building (that is a threat). Kids are staying in their classrooms.”

A notice from the school dispatched to parents and staff said: “We are in a lockdown at Lewiston High School. There has been a report of a threat outside of the school. There are no safety concerns inside the school. Lewiston Police Department is conducting a sweep of our area to make sure the grounds are safe.”

Police say the schools were put in lockdown after a gun was stolen from a residence either Sunday night or Monday morning. The theft was reported Monday morning.

Police have a suspect they are looking for.

The two Lewiston schools took precautionary lockdown measures due to the proximity of the school and the safety concern.

The Lewiston Police Department will provide updates as they become available.

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