Schools went into lock down today after a parent allegedly threatened a staff member over the phone.
Schools went into lock down today after a parent allegedly threatened to harm a staff member at Zimmerman Elementary School over the phone.
Tom Walerius, a school district official, said the person threatened a Zimmerman Elementary School staff member with bodily harm, which resulted in the lockdown of all schools in the Zimmerman area.
Walerius, who was in contact with the elementary school every five minutes during the chain of events, said the school district had just held a debriefing last week with the Sheriff's Office about a previous drill. He said the schools were very prepared to handle the situation and did very well in reacting to the situation and communicating to keep kids safe.
Ironically, Walerius said he had met earlier in the day with a firm that provides a service to notify parents in the event of a serious incident. The school district used its Web site, letters home to parents and phone calls to communicate with some of the parents, but Walerius said the district is still interested in finding a more effective means of communicating with parents in situations like this.