Lockdown at Theodore Roosevelt

By The Mercury

Officials reported that the Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School, 1401 Houston St., was locked down at approximately 5 p.m. Thursday after an unknown man tried to make contact with a 9-year-old student on school grounds.

Michele Jones, USD 383 communications coordinator, said that the man wanted the student to leave the school with him, but, she said, the student refused. Jones said the student locked himself or herself safely away from the man, who walked out of the building.

Lt. Josh Kyle said the student reported the incident to school authorities, who locked down the school, and immediately notified the RCPD.

Jones said the only description they have of the man is that he is white and has freckles.

The incident occurred during the school’s after-school program.

Andrea Tiede, principal, said the school is implementing immediate procedures to increase the security of the campus.  She said exterior doors will remain locked during school hours and parents, visitors and children are required to check-in at the office.

Tiede said children will be escorted to and from their classroom and that students will discuss safety, stranger danger, and Thursday’s incident in every classroom Friday morning.

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