Today in my son’s school system there was what is called a red alert. When a red alert is announced, students and teachers are required to lock themselves in the room they are in, stay away from the windows and doors. All exits are locked so that no one can enter or leave the building.
At around 12:45 P.M. today the parents were all called via a one call system and were notified that there was indeed a lockdown, but that it had ended and everyone was fine. They told us that it was not a result of anything that had happened within the school, but instead something occuring close to the school.
I happened to have to go to school around 2 P.M. for some HSO work and a teacher conference and ran into the principal.
Truth: A bank robbery had been attempted and the criminal had fled by foot. The person ran in the direction of the road that houses 4 of our town’s schools. Specifically, the High School, three buildings away from my son’s school. The person was caught half an hour later, at which point the lock down was over. In the principals words: “My worst nightmare. Lock down happening during 5th grade lunch. A giant room full of crazed kids.”
I came home from these meetings later in the day only to find the front door of my house double locked. This is a RARE thing. Our front door is usually like a barn door: Always Open. I get why though……
Fourth Grader’s Version of the Truth: “A robber robbed a bank and was on the playground figuring out how to attack the fifth graders in the cafeteria. The police can’t find him”.
Now we are on “House Lock Down”.
On a side note, can I just tell you that I have stolen every tiny pack of sour patch kids from my son’s loot? I love these things.