Officials from the Parkway School District sent the following letter to parents at Parkway South High, Hanna Woods Elementary, Southwest Middle and Wren Hollow Elementary in Manchester following a "lockout" incident involving a suicidal suspect on Monday night:
Dear Parents and Staff of Parkway South High, Southwest Middle, Hanna Woods Elementary and Wren Hollow Elementary,
At approximately 5:15 p.m. this evening, the Manchester Police Department informed Parkway that they were searching for a suspicious individual in the area around South High and Southwest Middle. While the individual apparently has no connection to Parkway and never entered our schools, as a precaution the doors were locked at all schools in the area and no one was allowed to enter the buildings. This included South High, Southwest Middle, Wren Hollow and Hanna Woods.
At approximately 7:20 p.m., the individual was taken into custody and the all clear was given. The schools are now clear and all students, parents and staff are safe. We will continue to work closely with the authorities and let you know if there is any cause for additional concern. At this time, we expect all classes to be in session tomorrow according to the regular schedule. Thank you.
As previously reported by Patch, .
Parkway School District officials tell Patch approximately 100 students and staff were locked inside Parkway South High School Monday evening as a swat team searched the woods behind the campus for a suicidal 19-year-old with a shotgun.
Southwest Middle, Wren Hollow Elementary, and Hanna Woods Elementary were also put in "lockout" mode as authorities searched the surrounding area.
No one was injured during the incident.
*Check back to Patch later today for more on the "lockout" protocol and how it unfolded Monday evening.