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April 1, 2013

Local school locked down briefly


Woodward, Okla. — A QUICK RESPONSE

Following Monday's incident, Merchant said he sent out a message to students' parents using an AlertNow notification system.

While Highland Park was the only school placed on lockdown, Merchant said, "We sent out a district-wide message to let everyone know and provide clarification on which school was involved."

In the AlertNow message, the superintendent said he notified parents of the situation and how the elementary school had been placed on lockdown while law enforcement officials responded to reports of an individual dressed in camouflage, carrying weapons on school property.

"Then we said that he was apprehended and everything was clear," Merchant said.

He explained that only one notification was sent out to parents because "everything happened so quickly that by the time I could have gotten around to getting a message out about the incident, it was all over."

The superintendent said that he commends school personnel and local law enforcement for their quick response to the situation.

"I'm extremely, extremely pleased with our school personnel.  Angela Rhoades and the entire school responded quickly and correctly," he said.  "I'm also pleased with the rapid response of not just our school resource officers but law enforcement as a whole, with the police department and sheriff's office responding to secure the whole school."

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