EDUCATION

Willow Springs Elementary School was placed on lockdown this afternoon about 3:50 p.m. while police in the area of the school conducted a search for a suspect around Moonstone Drive.

There were about 50 students still at the school at the time of the lockdown, all of which were safe, according to an email from KISD chief communications officer Terry Abbott.

The school district allowed parents to pick up their children and take them home at their request, but did not allow students to leave without their parents. Students inside will remain there until police give the all-clear.

The principal has telephoned parents with this recorded message (script below):

Hello, this is Denise Pennington, principal of Willow Springs Elementary School, calling with an important message.

This afternoon about 3:50 p.m. we placed the school on lockdown while police in the area of the school conducted a search for a suspect in a matter not related to the school. The children who were still at the school at that time were kept inside and they are safe.

Students can be released to their parents but we do not want students walking home alone after tutoring today.

We will remain in communication with the local authorities until this matter is concluded.

Again, this is Denise Pennington, principal of Willow Springs Elementary School.

mpayne@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7553

Herald staff writer

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