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Suspect flees police investigation, putting Iowa City school on lockdown

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Mark Twain Elementary in Iowa City was placed on lockdown Wednesday afternoon.

Iowa City Police say the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office were conducting an investigation not far from Mark Twain Elementary, when their suspect ran away.

The school was placed on lockdown as a safety precaution, meaning no one can enter or exit the building.

Stephanie Peck has two kids that attend Mark Twain and says school officials handled Wednesday’s lockdown poorly.

She says she wasn't notified about the situation until a while after.

“Very, very, uncontrolled,” said Peck. "Ridiculous, nobody knew what was going on.”

She says there should have been more order in the way officials handled the situation.

However superintendent Stephen Murley say’s everything was handled very well.

“Staff reacted very well,” said Murley. “We got a lot of positive comments from parents and were very appreciative that their children were safe.”

Peck says her second grade son’s class left the school to do down to church nearby, without a coat on.

“The biggest thing I have a problem with is the kids leaving the school," said Peck "The school was on lockdown, that means nobody goes in, nobody goes out. I'm extremely furious, I don't really want to send my kids to school tomorrow or Friday, I don't what them to be there. I don't think that they're safe being there after what they went through today.

Another parent says the school’s reaction was great.

“As long as I can see my son, I felt comfortable and happy with it,” said Asrar Ibrahim. “And the school's safe, none of the kids get hurt.”

As for the suspect who fled, police are still looking for him and warn neighbors in the area to keep their door locked. 

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