Oxford schools on lockdown *UPDATE* Lockdown over

Published 10:47 am Monday, May 8, 2017

Schools in the Oxford school district were put on lockdown Monday morning as the Oxford Police Department assisted U.S Marshals in a chase with a wanted suspect.

OPD did not say who the suspect is or why they are wanted by law enforcement.

According to parents posting on local social media pages, students were under desks and told to remain silent. Another mother said the windows at Bramlett Elementary were covered with black paper.

Law enforcement chased the suspect down Highway 7. The suspect has no ties to Oxford school and the lockdown was done for precautionary reasons.

OSD Superintendent Brian Harvey said the district’s School Resource Officers made the decision to lock down the schools since the suspect had been seen close to Highway 7, where many of the schools have a direct connection.

“We’re just being watchful,” Harvey said.

Harvey said the students were never in any danger.

Some parents took to social media sites and contacted the EAGLE looking for answers as to why the district didn’t alert parents as to what was going through the school’s text message system.

Harvey said the school was about to release a message but realized the information they had was wrong and decided to hold off sending out information until he was sure what the district was texting parents was correct.

“You have to be careful sometimes of what information you put out there right away,” Harvey said. “It can cause more havoc.”