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January 29, 2013

Ex-student sparks lockdown at area schools

ENID, Okla. — A man who showed up Tuesday at Drummond High School trying to find the school superintendent who expelled him 14 years ago was taken into protective custody late in the afternoon.

Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles said deputies located the man at his workplace in Enid at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, questioned him and took him to a local hospital. He might end up being sent to a psychiatric facility, Niles said.

“We’ll take him to a local hospital, and doctors will do a series of evaluations and have a conference with a mental health specialist,” Niles said. “Right now, he’s in protective custody pending the outcome of the medical evaluation and recommendations of the doctors.”

Drummond, Waukomis and Pioneer school districts went into precautionary lockdown Tuesday afternoon after the man’s appearance at Drummond. Niles said the man’s demeanor and fractured thought pattern triggered red flags.

Niles said the man did not make threats toward the former Drummond superintendent, but was told the former superintendent had retired and was working at Pioneer.

Brent Koontz, Pioneer superintendent, said law enforcement officers came and went during the afternoon, but classes went on as usual despite the lockdown.

“In light of what happened, we just locked down to keep everybody safe and went on with classes,” Koontz said.

Koontz called the lockdown “a routine thing.”

“If there is a high-speed chase from Crescent, we’ll lock everybody down as a precaution,” Koontz said.

Dale Bledsoe, Waukomis superintendent, said the man never entered the school grounds or facilities.

“Everyone’s OK,” Bledsoe said. “I want to stress that nobody was in the building.”

Drummond superintendent Mike Woods could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

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