Elementary school kids forced into 'turtle' position during lock down

Elementary school kids forced into 'turtle' position during lock down

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Updated Friday, May 24 at 5:51 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It was a scary morning for elementary school kids and their parents after a strange man managed to walk to the school cafeteria, prompting a lockdown.

Sasha Davy just wanted to hug her daughter.

“I’m so happy she’s okay. This is my baby,” she said, after picking her up from Statesville Elementary School off of Milhaven Lane.

Second grader Ashlyn had a pretty good understanding of what happened at her school.

“We had a lockdown in the lunchroom and we had to get under the tables,” she told us.

Police say a man walked into the school around 11 a.m. and a staffer realized immediately he didn’t belong. Within a minute, the school was on lockdown and the police were on scene.
Ashlyn said, “When we are in the cafeteria we should get down under the tables and get down like a turtle in a shell.”

Lt. Steve Hunber with Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the man appeared to have mental issues. Officers found him there in the lunchroom. It is unclear why he went into the school
“The first officers went straight to the cafeteria. That’s what we’re trained to do. Go straight to the threat,” Hunber said.

Police took the man into custody quickly, but parents want to know how he made it that far in the first place.

“It’s really scary. It’s a bad thing when you have to worry about sending your children to school every day,” Davy said. “It’s scary, and hard to imagine what all the kids felt like.”

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