Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

November 3, 2013

Suspicious person leads to school lockdown

By Kyle Ocker
The Daily Iowegian


CENTERVILLE — Lakeview Elementary and Howar Junior High schools were locked down and placed on alert Friday morning after Centerville Police received a report of a suspicious male dressed in black and carrying an unknown type of long gun on the Lelah Bradley Trail behind Lakeview Elementary School.

A press release from the Centerville Police Department says after receiving the complaint shortly after 9:40 a.m. Friday, officers began an immediate extensive search of the area, but no one matching the description was found. Police believe the individual may have been attempting to illegally hunt within the park. However, a police officer was assigned to the area for the rest of the school day.

According to the Centerville Police Department, the school district received a courtesy notification due to the close proximity of the two schools and the trail.

Centerville Schools Superintendent Tony Ryan said the schools were not put into “full-fledged” lockdown. Instead, the children at the two schools were kept inside during their recess periods and physical education classes. Otherwise, Ryan said, a normal academic day was still conducted. A letter was also sent home with students of the two schools on Friday explaining the incident.