Metro High School Parents Receive Letter About Lockdown

Friday, December 5th 2008, 6:00 pm
By: News 9

By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Friday, parents got a letter from Western Heights High School about Thursday's lockdown and the way it was handled. School officials admit the incident was a major miscommunication.

NEWS 9 received numerous phone calls about the incident after parents got text messages from worried students who were trapped inside the school during the lockdown.

Parents claim they got the runaround from the school about what was happening and the school even threatened to suspend their kids for texting them. Parents also said they were initially told the lockdown was a drill.

Click here to read the letter that was sent home from parents.

Western Heights Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Lisa McLaughlin admits there was a miscommunication about what happened and they're investigating the incident.

"Our first priority is to ensure safety and you just take immediate measures and investigate afterwards," McLaughlin said. "All parents should've received a call last evening that gave them accurate information, that we regret telling anyone this was a drill and it definitely was a lockdown."

Several phones were 'reportedly' confiscated after students were texting their relatives about the incident. Parents said they were told their student could face suspension, but school officials said that is not the case.

"Under no circumstances were students yesterday, today or will be suspended for contacting parents during a crisis situation to let them know they're safe and let them know they're concerned," McLaughlin said.

In an effort to avoid any miscommunications in the future, all calls will be directed to the administration building where information can be forwarded to parents and the media.