Lockdown lifted at Southwest

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Trespasser fled parking lot in vehicle, deputies still searching

The Southwest school district was on a brief lockdown Wednesday when a man who is not allowed on school property was seen in the parking lot.

Tosha Tilford, Southwest superintendent, said the trespasser had been removed form school grounds in the past, and a letter was sent to him saying he was not allowed on district property. She said there is also an active restraining order against him, and the person who has that order was also on campus.

Tilford said the man drove into the parking lot, got out of his vehicle and knocked on a window at the middle school, then returned to his vehicle and left. The teacher in that room reported his presence, and Tilford placed the school on lockdown and called 911.

“He fled, and deputies are still looking for him,” Tilford said. “The safest place for students to be in these situations is in class, so I put the schools on lockdown while we investigated.”

Tilford said at no time were any students in danger, and the trespasser never entered any of the buildings.

The district remains on what Tilford is calling a soft lockdown, which is where students are carrying on with their day as usual and staff is on a higher alert.

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