WPHS, Gateway Schools locked down

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Woodland Park High School and Gateway Elementary were locked down Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 12, while police investigated a report of a suspicious person in the area.

RE-2 District officials reported that a man, about 30 to 40 years old, was seen in the area wearing camouflage and carrying a backpack.

High school students were not allowed to leave the building until police determined safety. Parents were being asked to avoid the schools until the police department determined if the area was safe.

School officials reported that all students and staff are currently safe.

Busses were being held at the middle school until police determined if the school is safe, and students are released.

"At approximately 2:50 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, Woodland Park School District directed an official lock-down of Woodland Park High School and Gateway Elementary due to a suspicious person in the area," according to a release from Woodland Park Police.

"Since this was dismissal time, children were held at Gateway Elementary and Woodland Park High School. Busses were held at Woodland Park Middle School while the Woodland Park Police Department checked the area and searched for the individual. Any children who were walking home from school were brought into a school building for their safety."

The release said, "At 4:10 p.m., Woodland Park Police Department announced it was safe to release students. The Woodland Park School District began dismissing students in an organized manner with busses leaving Woodland Park Middle School and picking up students at Gateway Elementary before heading to Woodland Park High School."