Explosive on Campus Causes Lockdown 10/28/13
CBS 7 News
October 28, 2013
Parents of students at Midland's Milam Elementary had their worst nightmare come true today when they were notified that campus was on lockdown.
The threat is gone and now parents are commending the school district on its fast response.
Milam Elementary School was locked down and evacuated this morning after reports of an explosive device near the front door. The authorities responded quickly and notified parents of the incident.
According to Midland ISD Superintendent Dr. Ryder Warren, MISD Police Department and Midland Police Department received a report of an explosive device at Milam elementary this morning.
The district quickly locked down the campus and evacuated all classes near the front of the school.
After interviewing students, the district found that a younger student had brought the device from home. Midland PD says that it was either a large firework or some kind of oilfield device.
The school and district acted quickly to inform parents and caregivers once the campus was secured.
"They did a great job. They notified the parents and made sure the kids were safe," says parent Ebony Hall.
Still, many parents stopped by to see for themselves that their children were safe and some even took their children home.
"I came and they said it was a false alarm and that none of the children were actually notified about what was actually going on," says parent Patricia Luareles, "It's their responsibility as well as the parentís to make sure they're not bringing weapons or anything dangerous to school."
Milam Elementary Principal Carlton Johnson is sending a note home with students.
One of the points he will make to parents is to make sure what students have in their backpacks when they come to school.