Masked man puts Pattonville school on lockdown

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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.

Sincerely,

Jason Van Beers Dr. Marla Wasserman

Co-Principal             Co-Principal

 

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9 comments

  • Parent

    I will add the parents comment about the school security system is not correct. They did everything right in this case.

  • Really??

    I agree the school did everything right. The parent needs to check her facts (and her grammar–“they seen”).

  • Betty Jones

    The school does great things; why doesn’t the news report the good things and check their facts on the bad stories before they run them.

  • Parent who trust our schools

    I wish facts were checked. Hope the person who was interviewed enjoyed her 2 minutes of fame. Too bad she didn’t look like an intelligent concerned parents just a person who wanted to make a big deal over nothing.

  • parent

    Although I know Pattonville has our children’s best interest at heart I think they are lacking in security. Just today picking up my son they were asking random adults who they were there to pick up and just releasing them to these people. Never knowing for sure if they were a parent, relative or not. Some random joe knowing my son’s name could walk right up and take him out of school. And how was this person allowed in the building in the first place? Not acceptable.

  • Digi Tal

    I hate to say this, but I’m really hoping that it was KSDK at it again. At least then we would know that it was someone not actually intending harm.

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