GREENSBORO, N.C. — A lockdown at Archer Elementary School in Greensboro has been lifted after a man kicked in a window at the school around lunchtime on Tuesday.
Police said a man kicked in a window that leads to a 5th grade classroom around 12:15 p.m. The man did not enter the building, according to police.
Officers confirmed a suspect has been taken into custody.
Guilford County Schools Director of Communications Cynthia Shah-Khan told Fox8, “Any time we have an incident like this we immediately go with our safety plan which includes locking down the school so we know where all of our students and staff are. We do want to let families know our safety plan worked exactly as it should.”
Shah-Kahn said there were students in the classroom in which the window was broken. “They were evacuated immediately and the police were called,” she explained. She also said the parents of the students who were in the classroom were each contacted personally by the school.
Police arrived within minutes. “They arrested somebody. We are very proud of our students and staff. They followed every policy and procedure when it comes to a safety incident and everything went just as it should,” added Shah-Khan.
Several parents came to check on their children at the school after receiving alerts and phone calls about the lockdown.
Student Solomon Ksor’s mom came to check him out of school. Ksor said, “I was in the cafeteria and we were leaving,” he said. “Then I heard a scream so when we went out of the cafeteria I heard a girl tell me that there was a man that broke into her classroom.”
The school system said the man did break a window but never actually entered the building or classroom.
Parent Natalie Cephus came to get her two kids, too. “There’s so much going on with schools these days and you just never know, you never can be too sure,” she said.
Cephus said she was relieved and happy the school safety procedures went smoothly. “I’m glad the teachers and police did everything they could, and I’m just glad my kids are safe, everybody’s kids are safe.”