Schools in Parma temporarily closed, gunshots reported

PARME, Idaho — According to district media reports, schools in Parma experienced a temporary lockdown Tuesday as authorities assessed reports of gunfire.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, the Parma School District alerted parents and customers that the facilities were closed following a reported safety issue.

The post said authorities were on the scene around 1 p.m. Tuesday, clearing school buildings of staff and students.

PSD urged the public not to come to schools or call the district office. Updates will be available on the Parma School District Facebook page here.

“We are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our students and staff,” the message read.

The district ensured students and staff were safe at 1 p.m.

“Every precaution has been taken by staff, students and law enforcement,” the post said. “Everyone is doing everything they are supposed to do to keep everyone safe.”

Updated 2:01 p.m.

Blockades in the Parma school district have been lifted. In a Facebook post to the PSD page at 2 p.m., the district said authorities had conducted a “thorough sweep” and found no evidence of gunshots. PSD said there were no injuries and all staff and students were safe. According to the message, the school day is going on as usual.

“We understand that was a scary exercise that no one wants to do,” the post said. “We appreciate your support and patience.” Parents and guardians can pick up their students at the school office.

“Staff, students and especially local law enforcement were quick and acted in the best interests of the district,” the post said. “Fortunately, we can end this lockdown with relief, but please know that we are fully prepared.”