TPS parents concerned about not being notified about school intruder

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 9/05/2013 9:17 am Published: 9/04/2013 7:30 pm

TPS parents concerned about not being notified about school intruder

Some parents at Jones Elementary want to know why they weren't notified about an intruder on campus. It happened on Tuesday afternoon about an hour before school let out.

FOX23 spoke with a district official who said the incident only lasted about 15 minutes, and the reason parents weren't notified right away was because it was listed as a low priority event.

The district told FOX23 that the school was put on lockdown on Tuesday afternoon.

"We had an intruder that was on campus and apparently he was in a scuffle at a nearby duplex," says TPS spokesman Chris Payne.

Payne says the man told people at the school he was being threatened by his brother-in-law, and that's why he was banging on doors trying to get into the building. Eventually a counselor, teacher and the school custodian were able to calm him down and campus police, along with Tulsa police, came and took care of the situation.

Because the whole incident only lasted about 15 minutes or so, the school's principal listed the situation as a low priority, which means parents weren't notified until about 24 hours later.

"It's just crazy. I mean they didn't call us to let me know if my son was OK. They didn't call any parents with any regard to let us know that someone had even been there," said parent Crystal Eaddy.

"It kind of has me concerned. I mean I send her here to get an education and to be protected, not for men to be creeping around the school," said parent April Watford.

Payne admits there was an issue notifying parents as quickly as they normally would.

"They got hung up in some of the attendance calls that were going out so not everybody was notified as quickly as we would have liked," he said.

The principal did send out a letter the next day alerting parents to what had happened, and letting them know that their children were never in harm's way.

TPS passed a $38 million bond issue for safety and technology, and part of that money will be used to upgrade the district's current school notification system.

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karlschneider - 9/5/2013 9:03 AM
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So these aggrieved parents want to be instantly notified so they what? over to the school with a bazooka to deal with the "intruder"? Talk about micromanaging pearl clutchers...
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