CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – Neither parents nor students were aware of the bomb threat early Tuesday morning at South High.

Mom Alisha Moreno was surprised when she stopped by high school to pick up a sick son and discovered an active bomb threat inside.

She was told of the lockdown by another mum, Candida Lucero, who had received a text from her daughter, who was still locked inside the school and not allowed out.

“If it hadn’t been for Ms. Candida here, I wouldn’t have known what was going on, I wasn’t notified by the school, at all,” Moreno said.

As of 10:17 a.m., students were texting their parents.

At 10:20 a.m., the Cheyenne Police Department (CPD) advised via a 911 call that an active bomb threat had arrived at South High School.

“They didn’t tell us,” said Lucero, mom to high school 9th-grader Miracle Gonzales.

“We’ve been waiting for about an hour,” said Allysha Moreno, South High Student’s mom.

“They didn’t tell us anything. They did not want to give any information. They didn’t even send alerts to anyone, but at 10:55 a.m. we received an alert, and it’s already done,” Lucero said.

Lucero says she received a phone call earlier from her daughter Miracle Gonzales who was in tears, saying she could see 13 Cheyenne Police Department vehicles and two bomb-sniffing dogs outside the hall. classroom overlooking the front door of his school and that students were not allowed to leave.

“I told him I can’t go to my dentist appointment, they say something about a bomb and shooting stuff, but I didn’t really know what was going on because the teachers didn’t tell us,” said Miracle Gonzales, a student at South High who called Lucero.

By calling 911, law enforcement was notified of the threat and was to establish a security perimeter around the school.

According to witnesses during the emergency, teachers and school officials did not inform students of what was happening, but students had their own way.

“The kids in that class were texting some of my friends and telling them. That’s how everyone started to understand them,’ Gonzales said.

The CPD deemed the school safe and the perimeter was lifted at 11:45 a.m., nearly an hour and a half after the police intervened.

Throughout this time, students and staff remained in their classrooms. Substitute teacher Carol Flores moved Gonzales and her classmates to a windowless laundry room in her baking class to keep students safe while she calmed her parents down.

“Fortunately, her teacher who was inside called me and told me that she would do anything to protect my daughter. That she would jump in front of her if anything happened,” Lucero said.

The CPD said on its Facebook page that the parents had been informed of the situation, but some parents disagreed.

Witnesses said three students were arrested, a sophomore, a freshman and the other unknown, and the incident happened after a 9am lockdown drill that same morning.

“They should have a drill so the kids can leave the place safely, like why would they leave them here,” Moreno said.

LCSD1 said in a statement that protocol was followed and the safety of students and staff was of the utmost importance. School officials say classes will resume as usual tomorrow.

The CPD says it identified a single student as the source of the threat.