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Superintendent explains Iowa City lockdown procedure

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - After we reported that students were escorted from an Iowa City school during a lock down, many parents had questions. We called Superintendent Stephen Murley to learn more about procedures.

Around 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, Mark Twain Elementary School was placed on lock down after a person of interest fled a home near the school.

A search warrant was being served at a home on Spruce Court when the suspect fled the scene. Investigators later found a missing girl inside the home.

Mark Twain's school day ends at 2:55 p.m. on Wednesdays. Because the school day was almost over, many parents were in the parking lot and buses were outside the school.

However, when the lock down began, students were not allowed to leave.

After receiving permission from police, Murley says parents outside the school were allowed in to pick up their children. No child was allowed to leave the building alone.

Police searched buses before allowing students on them. Buses were loaded one by one to ensure safety.

Murley says the district recently changed the way it operates under a lock down.

Previously, the teachers and students would shelter in place. District staff recently underwent ALICE (Alert, Lock down, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training. Murley says, due to this training, some teachers felt their classes would be safer to leave their classrooms and took them to a nearby church.

According to Murley, teachers overheard officers say the suspect fled in a certain direction of the school.

Murley says the district used an auto-calling system to inform parents of what was happening at the school and to update them as the situation changed. There was no hard end to the lock down, since students were released gradually.
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