UPDATE: The lockdown has been lifted and students are being released.
Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said the school was locked down because of its proximity to Timberland Bank, 2419 224th St. E. The bank was robbed this morning. The bandit presented a note and threatened to detonate an explosive, Troyer said.
The robber has not been arrested.
PREVIOUS POST: A Spanaway-area elementary school is on lockdown this morning after Pierce County sheriff’s deputies responded to a bank robbery nearby.
The lockdown, which began just before 10 a.m., is a precautionary measure and all students at Elk Plain School of Choice are safe, Bethel School District spokeswoman Krista Carlson.
The lockdown is presenting a challenge, however, since students are supposed to be released early today. Parents are arriving to pick up their students but the students cannot yet be released.
District officials sent out an automated phone message to parents, notifying them of the lockdown. An administrator also was headed to the school, 22015 22nd Ave. E.
“As soon as things change, we will release them,” Carlson said.