Parents Upset by No Lockdown Notification during Manhunt

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*Due to law enforcement activity the schools in the Antelope area that were on lockdown for a brief time this morning the suspects are now in custody*

That was a mass message sent Wednesday to the phones of parents with kids in the Dry Creek School District, telling them the lockdown at their schools had been lifted.

But they were never told there had been a lockdown in the first place.

“I didn’t get a call,” Melissa, the parent of two children at Antelope Meadows Elementary School, told FOX40 Wednesday.

Adding to the chaos for the school district was the timing, the morning’s troubles were all happening right around 8 a.m., right when the school day is getting started.

“Unfortunately, we don’t always have the opportunity, as it starts, to notify families of a lockdown,” Dry creek Superintendent Brad Tooker said.

But in this case the lockdown had parents bringing their kids to schools that were shuttered, and bringing them on streets that had already proven to be fatally dangerous.

“Had we the opportunity to do that earlier in the day, that would have, I think, been ideal for everybody. Unfortunately as the events unfolded that no one could’ve predicted we were notified as school was starting,” Tooker said.

“Definitely frustrating. At our old school we used to always get calls,” Melissa said.

Superintendent Tooker told FOX40 that his district will do a complete review of the day, to see were procedures could have been improved.

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