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Parent barricades himself inside Castle View Elementary classroom with teacher, students evacuated

By in Press Enterprise on October 31, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela, Brian Rokos

A parent has barricaded himself in a classroom with a teacher late Tuesday morning, prompting school officials to evacuate the students from the school, according to Riverside Unified School District officials.

“All of the students have been evacuated at this time,” said Justin Grayson, spokesman for the district. “Right now it’s still an active situation, but the students are safe.”

Riverside police were called to Castle View Elementary at 6201 Shaker Drive at 11:12 a.m., school officials said.

Special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were called in to assist, according to an ATF tweet.

AMR paramedics in tactical gear were also called to the scene.

ATF Los Angeles special agents are responding to assist Riverside Police Dept. partners w/ law enforcement situation at elementary school

— ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) October 31, 2017

“At this time, Castle View Elementary has been placed on lockdown due to a disturbance inside of a classroom,” an earlier social media statement from the school district read.

The identity of the teacher and the parent have not been released. It’s unclear what may have sparked the incident.

Students were bused to Castle View Park but will not be released to parents until police lift the lockdown, Grayson said.

Parents say they were alerted by an automated call around 12:40 pm of an incident at the school.

Dozens of worried and frightened parents awaited for their children to be released. Police and school officials checked each parent’s ID before their child was released.

Most here are preschool to third grade students. Parents are lining up to reunite with their kids. Helicopters are roaming the area.

— Alejandra Molina (@alemolina) October 31, 2017

Among those at the park was Judy Bailey, the wife of Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey.

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