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UPDATE — Appleton police have detained a 15-year-old boy after a threat led to the lockdown of multiple schools. The school lockdown was lifted shortly after 2 p.m. READ MORE

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Update as of 12:45 p.m.: Dunlap Elementary is now included and is under a precautionary lockdown.

Update as of 12:42 p.m.: Kaleidoscope Academy is now included and is under a precautionary lockdown.

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APPLETON — Nine Appleton area schools are on lockdown following what district officials are calling “a situation in the community.

Parents and families should not come to the schools at this time or call as they are trying to keep the phone lines open.

Here’s the statement from the Appleton Area School District sent out about 12:30 p.m. Monday:

Attention families at Appleton Central Program – AASD/DSA, Columbus Elementary School, Appleton Bilingual School, Edison Elementary School, Appleton, Wilson Raiders Middle School, Appleton West High School, Appleton North High School, Christian Cooperative Preschool, and Community Nursery School.

We want to inform you that today at approximately 11:50 a.m. we received a call from the Appleton Police Department informing us of a situation in the community.

We were advised to go into precautionary lockdowns at these sites.

During a precautionary lockdown, we secure the building and continue with class.

We are currently working with the APD to ensure the safety of all staff and students.

Parents and families should not come to the schools at this time or call as we are trying to keep the phone lines open.

Doors will remain locked.

We will update you as soon as we receive more information or when the lockdown has been lifted.

This message is currently being shared with families at the affected sites via email, robocall, and text.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.