Police search puts schools on lockdown
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 1:00 AM
The Philadelphia middle and high schools were on lockdown for a short period early Monday morning following a police chase in a nearby neighborhood.
Members of the Philadelphia Police Department went in pursuit of a suspect in the general area of the middle and high school campuses about 8:55 a.m., Police Chief Bill Cox said.
By 9:30 a.m., Cox said, the suspect had been taken into custody and the lockdown had been lifted.
The suspect, Willie Triplett, 25, of 12901 Highway 19 south, Union, was apprehended and charged with grand larceny and fleeing from officers. Triplett was charged with the fraudulent sale of scrap metal.
As a safety precaution, the school initiated the lockdown as part of its crisis management plan.
"At no time was there any incident on the campuses of the high school or the middle school," school officials said in a written statement issued that morning. "This measure was taken only out of an abundance of caution as we were alerted by our security personnel."
"As always, the safety of our students, staff, and faculty is our first priority," Supertentendent Terry Larabee said.
After the lockdown was over, the school administrative team met to debrief to ensure that all measures were properly taken and to ensure that swift and immediate steps were taken to correct any areas needed, officials said.