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Armed individual in custody. Parkland school locked down (updated)

Thursday, March 27, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff
7:04 p.m. update
 
Sault Ste. Marie Police Service sent the following media release on this story.
 
Shortly before 12:45 p.m. today a male attended at an east end address and threatened another male. 

The suspect left the area. 

The victim then attended and spoke to a neighbour outside about the male threatening him. 

The male suspect re attended in the area and threatened the neighbour as well as the first victim. 

The suspect yielded a baseball bat. 

The second male victim was assaulted but not harmed. 

A female who was with the suspect also threatened the two males. 

The two suspects then fled the area in a vehicle. 

The male lost control of the vehicle and both parties fled on foot. 

The K-9 unit and ESU officers attended in the area and began a track of the suspects. 

Upon arrest the male was found to be in possession of cocaine.

Due to the time of day and a weapon involved a code green was activated in the school system. 

A code green ensures students do not leave the school due to a potential threat outside of the school. 

As a result of the track the adult female and male were taken into custody. 

The investigation is still ongoing and further information will be released in the morning.
 
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Original story: 5:02 p.m.

Students and staff at Parkland Public School responded to a code green lockdown Thursday afternoon.

According to a letter sent home to students, city police called the school at 1:34 p.m. to inform them that there was an armed individual in the area.

Students were at recess outside at the time of the code green, three bell rings alerted staff and the children were brought inside immediately as the school was put on lockdown.

Fran Walsh, communications officer for the Algoma District School Board was pleased by the reaction by school staff to the incident.

“Each school in the district is required to do two practice drills each year,” said Walsh. “We’re pleased that the principals followed the procedures and staff were prepared because of the practice drills”.

Parkland principal Frank Palumbo confirmed that their last code red lockdown drill was conducted November 18, with a second drill scheduled in the near future.

Staff Sgt. Hruska of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service noted that the incident was not directly related to the school, but they were notified as a precautionary measure.

Curtains were drawn and students remained in their classrooms until the police called an all clear at 1:51 p.m., Hruska confirmed to SooToday.com that the individual was now in custody.

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Zap 3/27/2014 5:15:22 PM Report

Mental conditioning for a police state.
Fhearghuis 3/27/2014 5:19:46 PM Report

We did fire drills when I was a kid. Makes me sick to my stomach that my kids will have to do terrorist drills. Yes, someone that brings a gun into a school is a terrorist. SICK!
right wing 3/27/2014 5:44:43 PM Report

A sad fact of life but at least the school system, as is obvious by this story, was prepared for such an emergency.

Johnedater 3/27/2014 5:47:19 PM Report

No where in this article did I read that someone brought a gun to school.
right wing 3/27/2014 6:08:39 PM Report

"to inform them that there was an armed individual in the area."

Correct you are.
It would seem the school was following what is trained protocol.
Good idea.
rockbanger 3/27/2014 6:25:07 PM Report

We all must be thankful..

Thankful no one was hurt.

Never take anything for granted and BE THANKFUL.

ROBBW 3/27/2014 7:21:34 PM Report

YA ZAP..baseball bat, threaten 2 people,female with him..O ya the cocaine. Driving reckless, leaving the scene. Police state...I will keep, ZAP..paranoia will destroy ya!!
Sam C 3/27/2014 8:19:31 PM Report

ZAP... WHAT?? I've been through Code Green lockdowns. They certainly are not preparation for a "police state." What they are is preparation for incidents such as the one that occurred today.

Hopefully they all turn out as well as this one.

sportsfan17 3/28/2014 5:50:05 AM Report

Zap's already lost it.

Glad all the kids and staff are safe.
toodles 3/28/2014 6:33:03 AM Report

Don't forget when our parents were in school (well some of our parents), they had air raid drills. I'd rather know my child and her classmates will know what to do in a situation like this. Yes, it is scary, but it's still better to be safe then sorry.

Good job for the police in the Soo though.

I just can't for the life of me understand why people can be like this and intentionally hurt someone.
Eagles Fan. 3/28/2014 8:38:01 AM Report

"Johnedater 3/27/2014 5:47:19 PMReport

No where in this article did I read that someone brought a gun to school"

Johnedater, now be honest, did you actually read the whole article, or are you really that simple??

It might sound like an overreaction to some morons, but this clearly shows that our children's schools (hopefully all of them) are ready for this type of an emergency!!

Good job, staff and students of Parkland School
Fhearghuis 3/28/2014 10:10:43 AM Report

I knew someone would think I hadn't read the article. I thought about correcting my first post, and I guess I should have. We all know what thought did.

I didn't say anyone brought an gun into the school. But, what do you think these drills are for? The article also didn't say that the 'armed person' was armed with a baseball bat. How are we to know? It could have been a gun. I was just simply stating that it's a sad world when our children have to drill for this kind of thing.
Fhearghuis 3/28/2014 10:12:29 AM Report

And I certainly hope I'm not the moron referred to in the above comment. I did not state it was an over-reaction.
ranny 3/28/2014 3:39:15 PM Report

Code Green means no one inside the school will go outside. Recess and etc are suspended. The school was informed of the incident and probably had a lock down. Doors were locked and making sure the kids safety is a priority by not letting them go outside. Why?? hostage and etc. Would you rather know that your kids are safe inside the building than saying... Why didn't the school do something and let them run outside during recess with criminals and weapons on the loose near the property.
superstar75 3/29/2014 12:52:13 AM Report

Good ole Facebook. . Was able to go to Tanya and Ed fb pages and put together their pathetic little life stories... yup they r definitely a couple of losers! Hope they r bounced out of our town right quick!!
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