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Two Local Schools Locked Down After Neighborhood Incident

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

TEMPLE (April 24, 2014) Lake Belton Middle School and Pirtle Elementary School both were on soft lockdown Thursday morning as police responded to an incident in a nearby neighborhood.

Kyle DeBeer, public information officer for Belton schools, said both campuses were placed on soft lockdown at around 10 a.m. after Temple police reported they were responding to the incident in which a man was threatening to hurt himself.

Both campuses are in the far western portion of the city.

Temple police Cpl. Christopher Wilcox said the schools were notified as a precaution.

Wilcox said by 10:30 a.m. the man was in custody and the incident had ended.

Pirtle Elementary has a student population of about 690 students and Lake Belton houses 853 students, DeBeer said.

On soft down the doors to the buildings are locked and no one is allowed to enter or leave, but classes continue as scheduled.

DeBeer said parents were notified when the lockdown was put in place and they were notified again after police cleared the scene.

The original advisory sent to parents said, "Law enforcement is responding to an incident in the neighborhood near Pirtle Elementary and Lake Belton Middle School. Both schools have been placed on a soft lockdown while police resolve the situation."


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