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MASON CITY -Mason City police and school officials took steps Thursday to protect children in schools after a nearby home invasion.
After several people people were on the run after invading a home on 12th Street SE Thursday morning at about 9:20 AM, Mason City police alerted Mason City school officials to a potential danger and to “lock down” Roosevelt and Lincoln schools, both located only about three blocks away.
According to School Superintendent Anita Micich, “Yesterday we were notified by Mason City Police that we needed to lock down our buildings on Pennsylvania and 15th street due to a ‘home invasion’ situation in the neighborhood to ensure that our children would be secure. This involved the Administration Center, Roosevelt Elementary and Lincoln Intermediate. We acted at the direction of the police. This situation was not connected with our schools.”
This is called a “code red” by the school district.
Mason City police officer Mike McKelvey informed Friday morning that “3 suspects, one of whom was armed with a shotgun, ran towards Roosevelt School. As a precautionary measure, I immediately contacted MC school administration and alerted them of the situation and recommended a temporary lockdown until we had a chance to search the area. School admin staff were very supportive and worked with us quickly to ensure the safety of their students and staff during our nearby investigation. I made the call to school admin around the time of the initial report and then updated school admin as our investigation progressed. Once we had the last suspect in custody and were confident there were no other suspects at large, I contacted school admin and the lockdown was lifted. All defendants were arrested on 12th ST SE or north of 12th ST SE (in downtown area). No suspect was in or on school property.”