WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Scotland Park Elementary School was placed under lockdown Thursday morning after someone attempted to break into the school.
Around 8:45 a.m., Thursday, March 30, Wichita Falls Police responded to the school for a report that a man was attempting to break in through a window.
According to Wichita Falls ISD’s Facebook page, the individual was not able to break the window or gain access to the building. Campus administration contacted WFPD and the WFISD police department.
The campus was put on a hold, and students were held in the classroom.
The school said that all students are safe, and the hold will only be in place temporarily.
Counselors will be at the campus today for any students or staff who need support.
EDITOR’S NOTE: WFISD officials said in a Facebook post that the Scotland Park campus was placed on hold and students were held in their classrooms until the suspect was detained. Initially, Texoma’s Homepage reported that the campus was placed on lockdown.
Though the two terms have been used almost interchangeably in the past, they are different responses in the Standard Response Protocol Toolkit for K-12, which is used by the WFISD:
- A hold refers to a precautionary measure that requires students to remain in their classrooms to keep another area clear, like in the case of an altercation between students in the hallway.
- A secure lockout is called when there is a threat or hazard outside of the school building, such as violent or criminal activity in the neighborhood, or a dangerous animal on the playground.
- A lockdown is called when there is a threat or hazard inside the school building, from parental custody disputes to intruders to an active assailant.
This is a developing story. Stick with Texoma’s Homepage as we learn more.