Today’s bank robbery rattled our community and had a significant impact on Magnolia’s parents of school-aged kids. Several of our schools were on lock down while police combed the area, looking for the suspect. Here’s what went on at Catharine Blaine Elementary:
Dear Catharine Blaine Parents,
I will begin by letting you know that all of our students and staff are safe and in good care. I am writing to update you on something that occurred in the Magnolia community today. There was yet another bank robbery this morning at US Bank in the Village. Parents called us immediately after they heard about the incident. The office staff quickly and efficiently let me know and security was called right away. We went into lock down mode at the school. Students were safe in their rooms, windows were covered, and the school was silent. Ed Liebl, the head of SPS Safety & Security Office for the District and Ed Luke, Blaine’s Security Officer were out at the school. At 12:30 they let us move from lock down status to shelter in place status. Students were able to move within the building, stayed inside for recess and all exterior doors were kept locked. We stayed in this status until 1:15 PM, after we got the “all clear” from the District. Thank you to those parents who were able to volunteer for cafeteria and recess duty today. We are a strong team!
Since a lock down drill was already on our agenda for this afternoon, the students had been briefed and did not appear to be surprised. However, it can still be startling for children. When your son or daughter gets home from school they may want to talk about our lock down event today. If you need any type of support for you or your child, Mike Anderson and I are here and will make ourselves available to you. We are all here to ensure the safety and security of all children here at Blaine.
Julie A. Cox