LIFTED: “Alleged Threat” Prompted Lockdown at Maui High and Kahului School
By Wendy Osher
***UPDATE: 12:51 p.m. 10/28/14
Maui Police say an alleged threat prompted the lockdown today of two Central Maui schools.
Maui Police Lieutenant William Juan said administrative personnel at Maui High School and Kahului Elementary School locked down their schools “as a precautionary measure” due to the alleged threat at around 8:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014.
Upon arrival, police made checks of both campuses, clearing both Maui High School and Kahului Elementary School. Police also looked into reports of suspicious individuals near campus as part of the investigation.
Police deemed that the schools were safe at 10:30 a.m., and the lockdown was lifted at that time.
Lieutenant Juan said an investigation revealed that there were no threats at the schools and the incident was determined to be unfounded.
***UPDATE: 10:30 a.m.: A lockdown has since been lifted at Maui High School and Kahului School in central Maui as of 10:30 a.m. The lockdown was in place for about two hours while police made checks of the school. Police have yet to release details on the cause of the lockdown, but sources tell us there were reports of suspicious individuals near campus. The initial reports were made at around 8:45 a.m., and the all clear was given at around 10:30 a.m. We put in an inquiry with Maui Police for further information, but are awaiting a final report. Full details will be posted once police release further information.
***UPDATE: 10 a.m.: The lockdown remains in place. Police continue to make checks of the area. Preliminary reports indicate that Kahului School is clear, but authorities have not yet lifted the lock down. Checks are still being made around Maui High School.
Maui High School and the Kahului School area were both on lockdown as of 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, police confirmed.
At 8:42 a.m. we received inquiries about the situation, but at the time observed no police presence outside of the campus.
Maui Police Lieutenant William Juan said the lockdown is only a precautionary measure, and police are making checks of the area at this time.
Sources tell us that the precaution was due to a suspicious individual(s) in the area.
Some parents of students at Maui High School say they received a pre-recorded message from the school this morning indicating that a lockdown was in place, and informing them NOT to pickup their kids from school.
The message further stated that police are on scene and will inform them when the situation has been cleared.
Further details on what caused the lockdown status are pending release.
***Check back for further details, which will be posted as they become available.