A medical situation involving seven Wapato Middle School students led to a modified lockdown Wednesday afternoon.
Wapato School District Communications Director Mike Balmelli said seven middle school students were involved in a “medical situation,” adding that he did not know the cause.
“The only thing we know about a cause is they’re suspected of ingesting an unknown substance, and again we don’t know if that’s the case … or what it was if they did,” he said, adding that something about their behavior attracted the attention of teachers or staff.
While the students “did not display any severe medical distress,” four were transported to a local hospital as a precaution and have since been released from the hospital after undergoing a checkup, he said. The other three students were picked up by their parents.
“We wanted to make sure that if they did ingest anything … they were checked out, and we’re thankful that once they ended up at the hospital and had the chance to get checked out, that they were able to be released to their families,” Balmelli said.
At 12:25 p.m., a modified lockdown was initiated in the district, enabling classes to continue while ensuring clear hallways for medical responders, he said.
The lockdown was lifted at roughly 1:45 p.m., Balmelli said.
In a separate situation, the Wapato School District office and PACE High School, an alternative school in the district, were also placed on modified lockdown Wednesday from about 1:20 to 3 p.m. in response to a law enforcement search warrant being issued nearby.
Balmelli said the lockdown was issued in “an abundance of caution,” and resulted in the cancellation of an afternoon school board work session and an evening school board meeting.
The work session would likely be rescheduled, he said.