Union's McAuliffe, 8th Grade Center locked down while Tulsa police searched for burglary suspects
10:45 AM, Aug 21, 2013
TULSA - Two Union Public Schools campuses were locked down Wednesday morning at the request of Tulsa police.
The doors of McAuliffe Elementary and the Union 8th Grade Center were locked around 8:40 a.m. as requested by officers in pursuit of two burglary suspects in the area. Buses en route to the schools were diverted.
After the all-clear was given students were delivered to their schools by 9 a.m.
Union spokeswoman Gretchen Haas-Bethell says parents were notified via the district's calling system and website that an incident between 61st and 71st near South Garnett caused a "minor disruption" to McAuliffe Elementary and the Union 8th Grade Center.
Read the complete message sent to parents below:
"This is Union Senior Executive Director of Communications, Gretchen Haas-Bethell calling to tell you about an incident this morning—though non-school related---that affected both McAuliffe Elementary and the Union 8th Grade Center. Tulsa Police requested our schools lock their outside doors around 8:40 a.m. because they were in pursuit of two burglary suspects in the area. Out of caution, our transportation department diverted buses headed to the schools but were able to deliver all students by 9 a.m., after it was clear the suspects were not on or near the school campuses. All students are safe and accounted for and school is underway as normal."