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Domestic dispute leads to Cloquet school lockdown

A domestic dispute led to a lockdown at Cloquet High School for a brief time Wednesday, Dec. 13. School administrators said in a news release that the lockdown started at about 9:15 a.m. and "was a result of a domestic dispute involving parents d...

A domestic dispute led to a lockdown at Cloquet High School for a brief time Wednesday, Dec. 13.

School administrators said in a news release that the lockdown started at about 9:15 a.m. and "was a result of a domestic dispute involving parents during morning drop-off at Li'l Lumberjacks Learning Center," which is located on the high school campus. "The car belonging to the individual that the police were looking for was found unoccupied on the school campus."

School staff consulted with the Cloquet Police Department and decided to place the high school on lockdown until the individual was located. The person eventually was found off school grounds, and the lockdown ended shortly after 9:30 a.m. There were no further concerns about the incident, officials said.

The high school received security upgrades as part of the 2015 bond referendum that also led to the construction of the district's new middle school.

"The efficiency of the lockdown was aided by our newly installed security equipment," school administrators said. "All exterior doors were instantly secured by the push of a button."

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The Carlton County Sheriff's Office, Fond du Lac Tribal Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol also responded to the incident.

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