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Incident at York elementary school leads to lockdown

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | Feb 28, 2014 4:56 AM
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Security at Alexander D. Goode Elementary School directs parents to the gymnasium, while they wait for children to be transported by bus from Phineas Davis Elementary School.

(York) -- Students at a York elementary school are headed back to class this morning, one day after being evacutated due to a disturbance caused by a parent.

The father of one student angrily entered the Phineas Davis Elementary School late yesterday afternoon, leading a staff member to call 911.

As officers from York City and Spring Garden Township responded, York City Police Chief Wes Kahley says the suspect was isolated in the lobby area.

"You could tell he was frustrated trying to get through into the school itself," Kahley said at a press conference. "That's why I said the security system at school, the doors that are in place and so forth, did their job (and) kept him pinned down where he should have been -- away from the kids and away from the staff."

Damage to the lobby is being described as significant.

Kahley credits the quick thinking of staff, teachers and principals at the school.

"They did everything that they should have done. The security system at Davis school worked, like it should have," he says. "The suspect wasn't able to get out of the lobby area and everything was confined to that area. The lockdown drill worked flawlessly."

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Families leave Alexander D. Goode Elementary School after being transported by bus from Phineas Davis Elementary School.

District Superintendent Eric Holmes says students were bused from the building to Goode Elementary School where they were reunited with their parents.

"Part of the district protocol for emergencies such as this is to remove students from the building where the incident takes place," Holmes said. " Those students were placed in lockdown, once this incident began."

Initial reports referred to shots being fired, but police say no guns were found.

Authorities confirm the disturbance came on the heels of an incident at the school on Wednesday.   

Extra police officers are posted at all York City School District buildings today.


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