Murdock Elementary goes on lockout Wednesday afternoon

Murdock Elementary School went on lock- out, Wednesday, October 12, 2016, after a parent reported seeing someone with a weapon outside (WLFI).
Murdock Elementary School went on lock- out, Wednesday, October 12, 2016, after a parent reported seeing someone with a weapon outside (WLFI).

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Murdock Elementary School went on lockout Wednesday after a parent reported seeing someone with a weapon outside.

It happened right around dismissal time – just before 3 p.m.

The administration brought students who were outside back in and locked the doors. Students weren’t released until Lafayette police cleared the scene.

Murdock Principal Janell Uerkwitz said her first priority was to make sure the children were safe.

“The first thought was the safety of the children and that I had to get them indoors,” Uerkwitz said. “In a situation like that, you don’t have time to stop and think about whether it could be real.”

Lafayette police did find the reported person with the weapon, but school officials said there was never any threat.

Parents were notified by the school after the lockout was lifted. No one was hurt.