A former student of Carter's Valley Elementary School inadvertently sent the facility into lockdown on Friday, as his reminiscent stroll through the grounds prompted a call to police of suspicious activity.
The Church Hill Police Department reports the man — who was attending a child's kindergarten graduation — had no evil intent. Chief Mark Johnson says the school acted appropriately in alerting authorities to the incident, letting them respond to make sure everything was OK.
At approximately 9:50 a.m., officers were scrambled to the school at 1006 North Central Ave. A teacher told dispatchers that two men dressed in "all black clothing" were walking through and around the school. Chief Johnson says that while en route police were told the subjects had exited the school, gone out to the playground, then reentered.
As four CHPD units descended on the school, the individuals were located in a parking lot. Their vehicles were searched, but no weapons or illegal items were found.
Investigation of the incident revealed the men — one of whom was indeed wearing all black, including a bandana — were at the school for a relative's graduation from kindergarten. One attended the school as a child and reportedly gave himself a self-guided tour of his old stomping grounds.
During patdowns of the men, a small metal flask containing alcohol was located. The man possessing the flask was cited for violating the open container law.
"From everything I observed, the school administration, staff, and especially the teacher who called the police performed flawlessly," said Chief Johnson in a press release.
"As it turned out, the two men were not at the school for any evil purposes, but given what the teacher was observing, her gut instinct was that something might not be right. She absolutely did the proper thing by contacting the police and letting us make sure everything was OK."