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Vancouver elementary school locked down after unknown man walks into classroom

Last Updated Nov 24, 2020 at 1:55 pm PDT

The exterior of McBride Elementary on Tuesday November 24th, 2020. (Image Credit: CityNews)

McBride Elementary went into lockdown Tuesday morning after a strange man walked into a classroom: VPD

Teachers got everyone out of the classroom safely and started lockdown procedures

Police were nearby and were able to arrest the 32-year-old man

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — An elementary school was forced into lockdown Tuesday morning after an unknown man walked into a classroom, according to the Vancouver Police Department.

In a release, police say the principal of McBride Elementary called 9-1-1 around 10 a.m. to report the man after he went into the class, where several students were, and stayed there.

Teachers got everyone out of the classroom safely and started lockdown procedures.

“Coincidentally, when this call came in, the VPD’s School Liaison officers were running lockdown training and drills at nearby Killarney Secondary School,” says Const. Tania Visintin. “As such, they arrived on scene within minutes.”

Police were able to confine the 32-year-old man in the classroom before arresting him.

“As stressful and frightening as this was, school staff and administration did a great job of following the procedures and keeping the students safe,” Visintin says. “We commend them for their quick thinking and calm, measured approach. Thankfully, this incident was resolved safely.”

The man was taken to hospital for psychiatric assessment.