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WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. – Webster Groves Schools were placed on lockout Tuesday, after a threat was phoned into Bristol Elementary School.

The call was made shortly before lunchtime, schools officials said.

Police were called right away and an automated phone message went out to parents.

“Late this morning, we received an anonymous threatening telephone call at Bristol school … we immediately brought staff and students at all schools inside,” the message said.

Shortly after the calls went out, there were parents showing up to the school to pick up their kids early even though there was no early dismissal.

All 10 district schools were placed on lockout with a stepped-up police presence and no outside student play allowed.

From the sound of the voice on the phone, it was an adult male who called in the threat, school officials said. There was no reason given for threatening the school of about 350 students.

“Bristol received an anonymous call … kind of a rambling call this morning, that seemed threatening although it was a very general type of threat,” said Cathy Vespereny, a district spokeswoman. “As a precaution whenever we get anything like this we do get involved with extra security measures. Police are called. We follow what they recommend.”

There was no word by early Tuesday evening about whether the lockout would remain in place for the rest of the week.

The stepped-up police presence will continue at all schools in the district for the rest of the week unless or until the police get to the bottom of the threat.

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