Police search in the area causes Lake Hazel Middle School to take safety precautions

May 1, 2013 

Lake Hazel Middle School went into "Shelter in Place" for about 45 minutes Wednesday morning because of a police search taking place near the school. There was no immediate threat to students, according to the school district.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office was responding to a report of a possible prowler in a nearby home. The search did not turn up any intruders, spokewoman Andrea Dearden said.

"Shelter in Place" means the school locks the front doors and keeps children in the building until law enforcement clears the area, said district spokesman Eric Exline.

Police were conducting a search in the area using a police dog. The dog is a "trained apprehension dog." Law enforcement didn't want the dog confused by extra scents or distractions caused by students on the playground, according to an email sent to parents.

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