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UPDATE: Modified lockdown lifted at Russell Elementary

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Update: In a letter sent home to parents, Russell Elementary Principal Craig Allen writes that the school's modified lockdown will be lifted on Wednesday. "At this point we feel we have enough information regarding the event to continue with our normal school routines tomorrow morning," Allen wrote. He asked that parents take extra precautions in making sure students don't bring anything to school to that could harm others, and apologized for any anxiety the lockdown caused.

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Russell Elementary School in Moscow is on modified lockdown Tuesday after school staff found some handwritten notes in the school Monday that threatened to harm others at the school.

Moscow School District Superintendent Greg Bailey says based on the handwriting and the content of the notes, they believe a student at the school wrote them. The school has about 180 students in 3rd through 5th grades.

Some officers from the Moscow Police Department were at the school Tuesday morning to help keep an eye on everything. The school had students go straight to their classrooms, but leave their backpacks and coats in the hallway to start the day.

Bailey says school staff searched through those backpacks and coats to make sure no weapons were brought to school. After a short wait, each kid received their stuff back.

The school is on a modified lockdown Tuesday -- meaning kids still have access to everything inside the building, but its outer doors are locked. Bailey says the district and police will meet at the end of school Tuesday to determine if the modified lockdown will continue into Wednesday.

Parents of Russell Elementary students can expect to receive a letter reminding them of what kids are and are not allowed to bring to school.

The district says they're still trying to find the person responsible, and they are trying to match the writing on the notes to one of the students. If you have any information about this case, detectives want to speak with you. You can reach them at (208) 882-COPS (2677).

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