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UPDATE: Elem. School Off Lockdown, Suspect Still At-Large
IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- A suspect is still on the loose - after running from investigators Wednesday afternoon in Iowa City. It happened on the 1600th block of Spruce Court, just blocks away from Mark Twain Elementary.
To think he could have gotten into the school is a scary thought, says parent Scott Falkenhan.
Just before 3 Wednesday afternoon, the Division of Criminal investigation and the Johnson County Sheriff's Office were conducting an investigation. Police say the male suspect they were looking for took off - right towards the school.
The school was placed on lock-down, and at that point no people go in or out of the building, Murley says.
It took more than an hour for police to secure the neighborhood. Eventually, kids that rode the bus were allowed to go home, and worried parents were allowed to pick up their kids - many of them walking away with their hands clutching their small shoulders.
ICCSD Superintendent Stephen Murley says so called ALICE training led to a quick response.
Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate, which is a training program done by law enforcement, was put into play today, Murley says.
Falkenhan, who has two children that go to Mark Twain Elementary, agrees that the training led to a quick resolution.
I feel like the situation was handled well, my children came home safely. he says.
Other parents aren't as thrilled with the way things were handled.
Stephanie Peck says she saw kids walking outside of the school near a church during the lock-down, but didnt think anything of it until her son came home.
My son, who's in second grade, told me his class and another class left the school and went down to the church during the lock down, Peck says.
Peck says her son told her that in addition to being outside, many of the kids didnt have coats on either. She wants answers from the school as to why her kids were allegedly put in harm's way.
I'm ridiculously angry at that, Peck said. Their safety is important to me as a parent and they obviously weren't taking that into account.