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Elementary locked down in Waxahachie

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ERIC CORNELISON
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WAXAHACHIE - Shackeford Elementary was locked down Wednesday, Feb. 14, during their annual Valentine's Day parties while police looked for a possibly armed suspect a witness had followed into the parking lot of the school.

'A hit-and-run accident happened close to the school,' said the Waxahachie school district's director of public relations, Natalie Mansell.

'A code green was called when a witness to the accident followed the wrong car from the accident scene into the parking lot of the school.

'A code green involves the kids being locked in their classrooms, the lights being turned off and the kids lying on the floor.'

Waxahachie police identified one of the suspects in the hit-and-run and alerted the WISD Director of District Security Jason Chapman.

Chapman called the school and ordered the code green lockdown.

'Waxahachie police came to the campus and realized the witness who saw the hit-and-run had followed the wrong car to the the school,' Mansell said.

'The school did an excellent job and even though it was a false alarm, it was better to error on the side of the kids,' Mansell continued.

A staff meeting was held after school to explain everything to the faculty and letters were sent out to the parents on Thursday, Feb. 15, to explain what had happened.

The lockdown was only for a limited amount of time and once it was determined it was a false alarm, it was immediately cancelled, according to Mansell.

Mansell was praiseful to Chapman and the faculty for their quick response to this event and went on to mention the response of the Waxahachie and Red Oak police departments on their handling of the incident.

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