AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– Five schools in the Cherry Creek School District were put on “Secured Perimeter” status for more than an hour while police investigated a possible threat in the area.

Those schools included in the alert Prairie Middle School, Ponderosa Elementary School, Village East Elementary, Eastridge Elementary and Polton Elementary.

The alert was lifted just after 4 p.m. Friday.

Secured Perimeter means the doors to the school are locked, no one is allowed to enter or exit, but everyone is free to move around freely inside the schools.

Students in those schools were held past their original dismissal times while police investigate the possibility of a gunman in the area of Peoria and Tulip.

That area is near a recent shooting on S. Paris Street where a man and a child were injured by glass shards, but Friday’s incident is not believed to be related to that shooting. Police in Aurora arrested two men in connection with that shooting.

A reverse 911 was sent out to parents of students informing them of the late dismissal times at the five schools.


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