Dawson Elementary lockdown put law enforcement on high alert

Published: Sep. 9, 2015 at 9:21 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2015 at 10:15 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A Huntsville city school was forced to go on lockdown after an honest mistake.

A visitor failed to check in at the front office of Dawson Elementary which put law enforcement on high alert.

"It was a big relief to get here and see the police had the campus locked down and secure immediately," said parent, Andrew Busch.

A parent's shock dissolves, after he finds out his son is okay, after a harmless mistake. However, mistake or not Huntsville City School's multi-layered safety measures kicked into high gear to protect our children.

"You're going security people along with SROs that are supported by the Huntsville police that are going to come to the school and actually conduct a sweep of the building as well," said Huntsville City Schools Spokesperson, Keith Ward.

Andrew Busch' son goes to Dawson Elementary, when he heard about the lockdown he rushed over.

"Well there is a lot of things going on with the school systems these days, there is a lot of guys coming in shooting up schools so I just wanted to get over
as fast as I could and just check on my son," said Busch.

Turns out a visitor forgot to sign in at the front office and meant no harm. Busch found out the school went on lockdown, thanks to Huntsville City schools sending out alerts to parents.

"Well I think it's great that they're sending text messages out to parents to let us know what's going on as long as a lot of parents don't overreact immediately, you know just let the police handle things and it's a big relief knowing everything is okay," said Busch.

"You can see how something that may be simply just an honest mistake of not following that one procedure can put a lot of things into action,"
said Ward.

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