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Parent prompts elementary school lockdown

Posted at 7:54 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 12:30:50-04

STILLWATER, Okla. — When Alena Beezly and Christopher Alexander visited their five-year-old after her first day of preschool at Skyline Elementary, things weren't what they expected.

Beezly says her daughter was supposed to take the bus to daycare after school Monday.

As a concerned mom, she went to the school to make sure her daughter knew where to go.

"We got to pick her up, and we were just talking, and another dad was like, 'oh I thought the preschool is already out,' and we are like oh okay. So we went over to her daycare van to see if she was in there and they said all we are waiting on is your daughter, we have every other student," Beezly said.

Beezly says she was terrified.

She says a teacher took her around the school to look for her daughter.

"25 minutes later, we find her. She comes walking in from outside, so we don't know what happened between those 25 minutes. At that point, I just held her and cried, and we left," Beezly said.

The next day, the parents went to meet with the principal to discuss what happened.

2 Works for You reached out to school officials, and they declined to comment on the incident.

We reached out to Stillwater police, and they tell us that after the parents went to meet with the principal the next day, they asked to see their daughter.

Police say the principal told the parents not to go beyond a certain point, but the father did anyway.

"They put the school on lockdown, and our officers began searching the building for that parent. At the same time, the investigators knew who the parent was; they got that information from the school," Gibbs said.

The parents say no one told them they couldn't go to their child's classroom.

Later, officers went to the parents' home to speak with them.

"At that point, it's not just about the parent and that child, it's about that parent or the person entering the school and hundreds of kids, and we are responsible for all of their safety," Gibbs said.

Police have turned the case over to the Payne County District Attorney.

The D. A. will now decide whether the father will face charges for trespassing and disrupting of education.

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