Report of suspicious person sends schools into lockdowns
Thursday, April 25, 2013 |
Lake Travis High School and Lake Travis Middle School experienced a lockdown at 10:25 a.m. April 18 after a parent reported seeing a suspicious person on the grounds, who was later determined to be a district employee.
The person was outside of the high school near the Cavalier Activity Center, according to district officials. The other schools in the district were placed on soft lockdown.
Travis County Sheriff’s Office school resource officers approached the person of concern and confirmed her or she was a district employee who represented no threat and was authorized to be on the property.
The lockdown was lifted at approximately 10:47 a.m. after it was determined the students, faculty and staff of the schools were not in any danger, officials said.
“[The lockdown] went as smoothly and successfully as we could hope,” Lake Travis Deputy Superintendent Chris Allen said. “This is the first time we did the different levels of lockdown, and it worked well.”
LTHS Principal Kim Brents described the unsettling effect of recent terrors in a letter to parents Friday.
“In light of recent events like the attacks at the Boston Marathon, I know everyone’s nerves are a little frazzled,” Brents wrote. “I am sure we are all taking the opportunity to hug our children a little tighter. I wanted to take a moment to reassure everyone that — as always — your child’s safety is our No. 1 priority.”
She touted the campus’ emergency preparedness plans that include debriefings after major incidents and communication with local law enforcement.
“In meeting with my staff this week, I shared that I do not walk the halls of the high school worried that we are going to have a crisis,” Brents wrote. “However, I also do not walk through the halls oblivious; we must be prepared for any type of emergency. Please know that every report made is thoroughly investigated and not taken lightly.”
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