Parkside Elementary School put into lockdown Friday afternoon

Parkside Elementary School, located at 2104 South 247th Street in Des Moines, was put into lockdown mode on Friday afternoon, Jan. 23, according to police.

Children were not allowed to leave the school until about 2:45 p.m. as police searched for a robber nearby.

“There was a report of a robbery with a gun,” Kent Police Commander Jarod Kasner told The Waterland Blog. “The victim had chased the suspect into Des Moines, near the school.”

School administrators decided to initiate a lockdown as police continued their search nearby.

“We later learned that a gun was implied by the robber, but a gun was never seen,” Kasner added. “The suspect was not located. Our Detectives have the case for further investigation.”

The area around the school was deemed clear and safe, and the school resumed their normal schedule without incident.

“Parents received a robocall,” said Catherine Carbone-Rogers, Chief Communications Officer of Highline Public Schools. “There was obviously not time to send a letter since this happened right at dismissal.”

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