Three Waxahachie Independent School District campuses were placed on lockdown following the search of man in connection with a robbery.
The Waxahachie Police Department is seeking help from the public in search of a man possibly connected with a robbery at Check 'n Go, 817 Ferris Avenue, on Thursday.
“A suspect walked in a check cashing business located in the 800 block of Ferris Ave at approximately 11:40 a.m.,” Waxahachie Police Lt. Todd Woodruff said. “The suspect demanded money and displayed a handgun.”
Woodruff reported that a Check 'n Go employee described the suspect as a "light-skinned, black male."
The WISD campuses were quickly put on lockdown as a precaution while police searched the area, according to a statement from WISD spokeswoman Nicole Mansell.
Northside Elementary, Marvin Elementary and Waxahachie Global High students continued classes as normal, but students weren't allowed outside the building at the time.
Dismissal times for students continued as scheduled, while WISD administrators stayed in contact with police throughout the day. Each campus was also issued additional security officers to assist in the dismissal process, according to Mansell.
As of 3:55 p.m., WISD officials hadn't received word on whether police found the man connected to the robbery, Mansell stated
When situations such as robberies, occur in close proximity to the WISD schools, the district always takes precautionary measures immediately, stated Mansell.
"We will always err on the side of caution to protect our students and staff," she stated. "Our Director of Safety and Security, Erik Kyle, has a great relationship with the WPD. Because of this, he was immediately alerted of the situation and then immediately contacted the three schools in closest proximity and gave the lockdown order."
Parents were notified via an automated phone call, while an email was sent to all staff with several updates, stated Mansell. Notifications were also sent out via social media.
"Our quick response to issues such as these come about from all the training that our campuses and personnel go through each year," Mansell stated. "We applaud the quick action of campus administrators and staff to ensure a safe environment for our children. The safety and security of our students and staff will always be our number one priority.
Anyone with information should contact Woodruff at the police department at 469-309-4400 or email him at email@example.com. The police department is located at 216 N. College St.