ST. ANN, MO (KTVI)-- Parents in the Pattonville School District are on high alert after a masked man showed up at Drummond Elementary causing a school lockdown.
Only Fox 2 news obtained a letter sent home from the district saying the man was wearing a mask, gloves and a hoodie. He was also seen staring into a classroom window and waving his arms at students who reported it. There are also conflicting stories about whether or not the man was waving a gun in his hand. Parent Sierra Molfield says the schools security system is not up to par.
"All of the schools around should know about it because he did get away, who`s to say he won`t try to do it again," said Molfield.
The St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez says officers are investigating the case.
"It`s an isolated incident we verified through our investigation that the kids are credible witnesses to this. We are stilll unsure if he had a weapon or not," said Jimenez.
Pattonville also says the lockdown ended after a 30 minute search by St. Ann police. The man in question is still on the loose. Police are increasing patrols in the area.
Copy of letter sent to parents from Pattonville School District:
Dear Drummond Parents and Guardians,
I want to make you aware of a situation that occurred at Drummond today. This afternoon around 2 p.m., a man wearing a black hoodie, ski mask and gloves came on to Drummond's property. He came within 30 feet of the building, stared at students through a window, waved his arms and ran away. Students in the classroom noticed this and told their teacher, who informed the office. Drummond immediately went on modified lockdown. All exterior doors, with the exception of the front doors, are locked on a daily basis. In a modified lockdown, the front doors are secured as well, and no one is allowed to enter or exit the building. St. Ann police responded and searched the area around Drummond but did not find the man. The lockdown was lifted around 2:30 after police finalized their search and gave us the "all clear." Fortunately, all students were in the building when this occurred and were safe at all times thanks to our students' prompt actions.
We appreciate the quick response by St. Ann police officers. Student safety is our highest priority and we want to assure you that we will continue to take actions to ensure our students are safe.
Jason Van Beers Dr. Marla Wasserman