Missoula Schools Use Emergency Protocol - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Missoula Schools Use Emergency Protocol

Posted: Updated:
MISSOULA -

With the robbery suspect at large, area schools went into emergency mode.

The University of Montana was put on lock down, while the Missoula County Public Schools were put on a lock in. Meanwhile, Missoula parents received an email alerting them Missoula County Public Schools were on lock in.

Around 10:15 Thursday morning University of Montana students and staff were told to get behind locked doors, as police went on a city-wide manhunt for an armed robber.

"Someone came in and told us to lock the doors. I mean, we just finished class, and after that we were just watching Youtube videos basically," said Ryan Mitchel, a UM student.

This was the first real test of the university's alert system, a test president Royce Engstrom says went successfully.

"Again, I'm very pleased with how it went, given the circumstances," Engstrom said.

While the University of Montana went into a two-hour lock-down, MCPS was put on a lock in.

"We have snack time, and I was going into back pack to get my snack, and my teacher came out grabbed me, and said, 'come on in, come on in, come on," said Lars Thorne-Thompsen.

Hatton Littman with Missoula County Public Schools said during a lock-in all of the doors are locked, but classes continue as normal, where as in a lock down, students are locked in the classroom and all of the lights are turned off.

"Given that there was individuals armed and dangerous around the community, we needed to put schools in a situation where the doors were locked, and students remained safe," Littman said.

Emails were sent out to parents informing them about the lock in.

"It was quick, we got notification so that was nice, and I was able to come check on them after they went into lower grade lock down, and give them a hug," said mother of two Paxson Elementary students, Tiffany Seaman.

While parents worried for the safety of their children, many students at UM used the lock down for down time.

"I mean, the whole lock down, I thought it was a little extreme, but I mean, they're keeping everyone safe, so..." Mitchel said.

The university lock down lasted until 12:50 p.m. The MCPS lock in lasted until 1 p.m., after police determined the suspect wasn't near the university or any public schools.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Homeowner who triumphed over Trump is moving on

    Homeowner who triumphed over Trump is moving on

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:23 AM EDT2014-07-31 05:23:01 GMT
    By SAMANTHA HENRY Associated Press She once called Donald Trump "a maggot, a cockroach and a crumb." This week, he remembered her as "an impossible person."
    By SAMANTHA HENRY Associated Press She once called Donald Trump "a maggot, a cockroach and a crumb." This week, he remembered her as "an impossible person."
  • Colorado man dies when trailer collapses in wind

    Colorado man dies when trailer collapses in wind

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 04:57:04 GMT
    Northern Colorado got the brunt of heavy rains that flooded streets and stranded drivers up and down the Front Range.
    Heavy rain has brought much-needed moisture to Colorado's drought-stricken plains and has tested the recovery efforts in the foothill communities hit hard by flooding in September.
  • As US economy accelerates, Fed remains cautious

    As US economy accelerates, Fed remains cautious

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:17 AM EDT2014-07-31 04:17:00 GMT
    After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.
    After a grim start to 2014, the U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor and should show renewed strength into next year.
  • Most Popular

Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.