Area school districts defend lockdown notification policy

Area school districts defend lockdown notification policy

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Many parents of Frenship Heritage Middle School students were afraid to drop their children off this morning when they saw campus police arrest a man in the parking lot.

The school went into lockdown around 7:30 a.m. when school officials allegedly saw 41-year-old Gregg Glover causing a disturbance.

Glover was arrested and the lockdown was lifted before classes began at 7:55 a.m.; however, parents did not receive an automated message about the incident until around 9 a.m.

Andy Penney, director of public relations for Frenship ISD, said the district waited until the incident was over to report the information to parents. He said while he understands the frustration of waiting, the district's first priority is making sure the students are safe.

Nancy Sharp, spokeswoman for Lubbock ISD, said the policy is the same at their campuses. If parents are immediately notified, she said they may rush to the campus to pick up their child, which creates even more danger for all parties involved. She said parents of LISD students will receive notification during a lockout, but she said it will not be until after the incident when the district knows the students are safe.

Plainview ISD also had to test out their lockout policy on Monday when a Wheeler Unit inmate escaped while on work detail.

Jan Seago, spokeswoman for the district, said their automated message was sent to parents about 30 minutes after they were notified by police. She said once the message is passed through administration, the district sends out the message as soon as possible.

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