Omaha South School briefly locked down Thursday morning; all clear given after searching OPD

OMAHA, Nebraska (Nebraska) — Omaha South High School had a heavy police presence Thursday morning as the school was locked down for approximately 45 minutes. Omaha police conducted two searches on the campus, after which it was given “all clear” and the lockdown was lifted.

This is an evolving story.

Here is the letter that was sent to the families and staff

Dear Southern Senior Staff and Families!

We wanted to inform you about the situation that happened today. At approximately 8:15 a.m., law enforcement received a report of concern regarding South School. Law enforcement contacted our school and we closed immediately.

The officers arrived at our school and thoroughly searched the building. The school remained closed while officers conducted a second search. After about 45 minutes the lock was lifted and we were given everything clean.

During quarantine, the doors of all classes are locked, the lights are turned off, and the students do not see a single window in the corridor.

We take these issues very seriously. We continue to work with district security and our law enforcement partners to investigate the incident. During the day we will have additional staff.

All students and staff are safe. We are sharing this message to ensure open communication with our families. The safety of students and staff is our top priority. All schools in our district have regular safety drills, including isolation procedures.

We know that today’s events may cause anxiety among students and we will have counselors available to speak with students.

If you have any questions, please call our office at 531-299-2780.

We appreciate your continued support of South High School and Omaha Public Schools.


Jody Pesek


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