A trespasser who wandered onto the grounds of Lowell Elementary School forced a brief lockdown of the school Friday morning, before Tacoma Police officers escorted him away. No one was hurt or threatened. The school resumed normal operations after about 15 minutes.
“It was just unusual,” said school spokeswoman Stacy Flores. “He didn’t follow your standard safety protocols.”
The man wasn’t a parent. He had no ties to children at the school. He didn’t come to the front office and identify himself; the usual procedure. School administrators called police, who suggested locking down the school until officers arrived. That meant locking all exterior and classroom doors, Flores said.
Police arrived, escorted the man off the grounds and warned him he would be arrested if he returned, Flores said.
“It looked like a bigger commotion than what it was,” Flores said.