Lyon County schools affected by separate safety incidents

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LYON COUNTY, Nev. (KOLO) - The Lyon County School District says all students are safe and no evidence of threats was found after incidents at two county schools.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office and School District say just before 9:30AM February 23, 2018, a staff member at Fernley High School got a text message from somebody with Western Montana College that was confusing, and not a credible or direct threat, but led deputies to respond to ensure everyone's safety. It's not clear how the staffer's phone number was part of the text message.

LCSO says the high school went into a precautionary lockdown as deputies walked throughout the campus. Investigators say no threat or anything out of the ordinary was found, and the lockdown was lifted after ten minutes.

About the same time, according to the school district, a man with a "known mental illness" contacted Riverview Elementary School in Dayton and the Mason Valley Boys and Girls Club at Sutro Elementary School with information that was perceived as a possible threat. Deputies responded to Riverview and did a search while students and staff were sheltered in place for several minutes, but no evidence of a threat was found and everything was reopened. There was no lockdown at Sutro.

The Sheriff's Office says the man has been identified as a Reno resident who often calls various places in Lyon County with comments that sound like threats, but turn out not to be. He is not in custody, but an investigation continues. In the case of the Boys and Girls Club, he reportedly demanded a scout uniform, and if he didn't get it, he said he would go there and get it himself.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information regarding these incidents to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 775-463-6620, or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.