Huber Heights schools locked down while police search for armed robbery suspects
HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Huber Heights schools were forced to lock down when police flooded a nearby neighborhood searching for armed robbery suspects.
The hunt was on. Police were searching for suspects that crashed their car near Longford Road.
Melissa Kozlowksi's neighborhood was under siege.
“When they have big rifles, cops running around with big rifles, and dogs everywhere and our dogs going crazy, it was crazy,” Kozlowski said.
Kozlowski got a warning call from police. Shortly after, she got one from her daughter's school nearby.
This dangerous situation forced Huber Heights Superintendent Susan Gunnell to take action.
“We started calling our buildings putting them on lockdown,” Gunnell said.
At 2:15, every building was secure. The district immediately called parents.
“They did great keeping the kids inside,” Kozlowski said.
Melissa's daughter Keira was in art class at the high school.
“A lot of us looked out the window and saw a lot of police officers near the park,” Kiera Kozlowski said.
She says students were confused.
“Some of us were saying, ‘What the hey is going on here’,” Kiera Kozlowski said.
Minutes later, the lockdown was lifted. Some kids went home a half hour late, but the superintendent said convenience is second to safety.
“The principals have said the staff did a remarkable job, students did a remarkable job and they know this is something that we can handle because we’ve had practice,” Gunnell said.
Their response brings comfort to Melissa, who is now reclaiming her neighborhood after a wild afternoon.
“The alerts were great, and the officers were wonderful,” Kozlowski said.
Huber Heights City Schools will continue to update parents on social media.