St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK has published a statement regarding today’s lockdown at a Missouri High School.
A station spokesperson told TVSpy the statement titled “NewsChannel 5 statement on school safety” has been posted to the station website.
NewsChannel 5 recognizes the importance of safety in our schools. As part of a continuing investigation this afternoon, we visited five local schools.
One of our employees assigned to this investigative report visited Kirkwood High School. He entered and walked his way toward the office, asking a teacher for directions after a few minutes. There, he asked if he might discuss the school’s security. He identified himself by name and gave the office his phone number.
When the security official could not be reached, our employee left the premises without escort.
Approximately an hour later – after our visit – the high school was put on lock down. This lock down certainly was not the intent of our visit.
We will report this story tonight on NewsChannel 5 at 10 p.m.
NewsChannel 5 will continue to be vigilant when it comes to the safety of our schools and your children within.
An earlier facebook post by a Kirkwood School District administrator
mirrors the statement by KSDK explained. “An(sic) man came in and stated that he wanted to talk to security. He gave his name and cell number. When the secretary left to get the SRO, the person left the office and will not answer his phone. This initiated the lockdown.”
>UPDATE: The Kirkwood School District sent TVSpy a copy of a statement it sent to families and staff:
Dear KSD Families and Staff Members,
I wanted to provide this update to the lockdown situation at Kirkwood High School today:
At approximately 11:50 a.m. an unknown male came into the school office at Kirkwood High School and asked to speak to the school resource officer (SRO). The SRO wasn’t available and the man gave his name and number. The man asked to use the restroom. The secretary directed him to the restroom, but the man walked down the hall and turned into a different hallway. At that point, the secretary became concerned the request to use the bathroom was a ruse to access the building and she immediately called our SRO. The SRO attempted to call the man to confirm that he had left the campus, but didn’t receive an answer. The man’s voicemail stated that he was a Ch. 5 reporter. Read more