Ransom Middle School Placed On Lockdown Due To Threat

October 31, 2019

Ransom Middle School was placed on a brief lockdown Thursday morning due to a threat.

The written threat was located within the school, but it was not immediately known if it was left Thursday or sometime previously, according to Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Andrew Hobbs. He said surveillance video was being reviewed as the investigation continues.

Escambia County School District Deputy Superintendent Norm Ross said the lockdown was brief, lasting only about 15 minutes before it was lifted.

The exact nature of the threat was not released by the school district or Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Parents were notified of the lockdown by a telephone callout from the school.

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13 Responses to “Ransom Middle School Placed On Lockdown Due To Threat”

  1. Judith Deese on November 1st, 2019 3:45 pm

    I wish all the Escambia county parents would realize how important the contact information IS! I’ve worked in several of the school clinics for many, many years. When your child is sick, injured or in a lockdown situation, and none has a current phone number to get in touch with you, I can’t help but wonder who’s fault that really is.

  2. Beth on November 1st, 2019 5:49 am

    I attended the old and “new” Ransom – the threats back then were racial, other schools, and blowing up the school. No lockdowns back then…just admin and teachers monitoring the hallways daring a kid to do something, lol.

    I see the drama hasn’t changed up there

  3. RC on November 1st, 2019 3:04 am

    I got the call that they were on heightened alert and the call when they went off heightened alert. Parents may need to update their info with the school district.

  4. Mike L on October 31st, 2019 10:36 pm

    I would bet that those that didn’t receive calls don’t have updated contact information from the school. If they don’t regularly receive the call outs from the Principal, then their info is incorrect because they have not updated it.

    My wife and I each received phone calls and emails.

  5. Working mom on October 31st, 2019 6:50 pm

    It’s kinda weird that some parents didn’t get phone calls. My child & my step child go there & both myself & the dad received calls during & after the security alert. Maybe the parents who did not receive a call should verify that their contact information is current???

  6. J on October 31st, 2019 6:41 pm

    Our child is in 7th grade at Ransom. My husband and I each got two phone calls and two emails. The first explained the school was on heightened security. A few minutes later we were notified the security alert was lifted. I am not sure why others weren’t notified (maybe their contact info needs updating?).

  7. fisherman on October 31st, 2019 6:21 pm

    For all you people complaining of not being notified think about if you were what would you have done. Oh!! I know take off in your mode of transportation and head to the school. By time you got there it’s over. As for Olivia if your child had a cell phone he can’t use it in class. I know your worried about your children but you must trust the school and authorities to take care of their safety. If you can’t trust them you need to start home schooling your children immediately.

  8. Karen on October 31st, 2019 4:59 pm

    Probably a student thinking this is funny or disrupting a test

  9. Very concerned on October 31st, 2019 4:39 pm

    This is crazy, I’m a grandparent and neither my daughter or son in law were notified of this!!!

  10. Thinkaboutit on October 31st, 2019 4:23 pm

    Olivia, get over it!
    I love my kids and grandkids, but I have to put my faith in authorities. If you can’t take your kids out of public school.
    FYI: Did you consider while you were making all your phone calls maybe the school was sending out a message?

  11. Olivia on October 31st, 2019 2:39 pm

    I’m upset this is my son’s school and I was not notified didn’t know until I read this and the school isn’t answering calls I got to get him a phone tomorrow

  12. Concerned parent and teacher on October 31st, 2019 12:42 pm

    Really? 15 mins and it’s resolved…and ONLY a code yellow and direct threat to the school…there has to be more to the story!

  13. Howie on October 31st, 2019 12:01 pm

    People forget about security cameras placed around schools, stores and businesses. Students would definitely not think about being seen.

    The culprit will be caught.

    Depending on the threat as to how much punishment the person will get.