ELLICOTT CITY, Md. – A parent said on Thursday he received a call saying Howard High School was on lockdown, but they weren’t told until hours after the initial incident, now that they are concerned about security measures at school.
“People bring guns to school, people are repeat offenders because they fight all the time.”
This is the disturbing video circulating online, it shows a few school employees and a school resources manager pinning a young man to the ground while a staff member is seen pulling his hair and repeatedly hitting him on the head.
“Oh yeah very scary situation,” said Michael Miliotis.
Michael Miliotis was outraged after hearing about the incident. This happened inside the dining hall at Howard High on Thursday and another parent who did not want his identity revealed said he heard a rumor it was a gun on campus and they got scared once they got an email saying the school was closed.
“I automatically called the school and they said it was locked and I asked them if a man had a gun and they said they couldn’t share information with me.”
Howard School officials responded to what had happened and sent a letter to parents, part of which said “Rumors have been circulating that a gun was involved and we want to assure students, staff and staff. families that this is not the case. Lockdown was not implemented due to a known or suspected weapon. However, to allay the concerns of students, parents and staff who may have heard the rumor, additional security will be present at the school this afternoon for the dismissal. “
“It’s a matter of security.”
And although an email was sent to parents to let them know about the problem, one parent says it was not sent quickly enough.
“It was around 12 noon, it took the school around two hours 154 for them to email all the parents informing about the event that had happened. My daughter actually told me that all the kids that were in the dining room had to run to school because they didn’t know what to do next. “
And now some parents are hoping the school will change its policy on how quickly they send this type of information.
“And it took my daughter to email me so I was warned when it should be the school’s responsibility to notify not just myself but all parents.”
And Miliotis agrees.
It’s always a very scary situation, you wonder how you’re going to get your kids out of there when they are going to be able to come out if your kid is really involved whether he’s hurt or not. Many things. You were also worried about everyone in that too. “
Due to recent incidents of violence in schools, parents, students and staff are concerned and hope the school will continue to strengthen security to help prevent such incidents.