BREAKING NEWS: Hellgate High School on Perimeter Lockdown

Maggie Vann, Reporter

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     Many people may have questions regarding the pre-lunch announcement. Around 10:30 on Wed., Feb. 12 Principal Judson Miller announced Hellgate is on perimeter lockdown because of an active threat situation around Missoula’s City Hall. 

     Students and staff are not permitted to leave campus and all doors in the building have been locked. Although the lockdown is taking place during lunch, no one will be allowed to leave campus. 

     There is currently no active threat to students at Hellgate. However, downtown there have been reports of shots fired outside City Hall causing them to go into lockdown. Police are currently directing traffic downtown.

     At around 12:10 Miller announced that the school was out of perimeter lockdown, the time all

Maggie Vann
The Commons in Hellgate high school crowded during lunch

otted for office hours was made similar to a lunch period that was open campus. This is due to the fact that around half of the students didn’t have lunch. 

     Law enforcement bombarded the area while sharp shooting snipers took to the roofs of buildings around the area. This was later followed by a flock of SWAT team cars who went from door to door to houses nearby and secured them.  

     Brandon Bryant, the cause of all of the chaos this past Wed. was arrested and taken into custody on Thurs., Feb. 13. He was charged with a felony count of threats and improper influence in official and political matters. This could lock Bryant away for up to 10 years with a $50,000 fine. 

     Bryant reportedly shot out the back glass of a police patrol car, fired shots outside of City Hall, and posted a video where he said that he would, “hunt people and exterminate them.” According to Kpax.  

     Although no one was injured at the incident Wed., it caused quite a scare throughout the downtown Missoula area. Bryant is now banned from contacting and City Council member or entering the property.