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December 14, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Seattle principal writes to parents about today's lockdown

The principal of Seattle’s Lowell Elementary School issued the following missive to parents about the lockdown at the school this afternoon.

Dear Lowell Elementary families,

I want to make sure you are aware of an incident that occurred this afternoon at our school.

Today, a group of fourth grade students from Lowell Elementary on Capitol Hill went on a field trip that involved walking to and from Cal Anderson Park, where they went ice skating. The students were accompanied by teachers and parents. As the group was returning from the field trip, at approximately 3 p.m., Lowell staff learned that one of the parents might be a criminal suspect wanted by police. A teacher called 9-1-1.

 

When the students returned from the field trip, they were escorted inside the school and I placed the school on lockdown to ensure the safety of all students. The suspect did not enter the school. When police arrived, the suspect fled the scene.

 

Students were allowed to leave the school after being escorted onto buses, or if they were picked up by their parents, but the remaining students stayed at the school under lockdown until police determined the suspect was  no longer in the area. At that point, after roughly 90 minutes, the lockdown on the school was lifted and students were allowed to leave.

 

The safety and security of our students and staff is a primary concern. At Lowell, we conduct a WATCH (Washington Access to Criminal History) check on all parent volunteers. It appears that there was a miscommunication in the building today. The parent was not cleared to chaperone.

 

We are conducting an investigation into how this parent was allowed to participate in the field trip. If you have any questions about this incident, please don’t hesitate to ask. I am very proud of our staff and family members who were present and acted quickly.

 

Sincerely,

Gregory King

Principal

 

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