Pauline South School locked down briefly after students see ‘irrational behavior’


Auburn Washburn school officials said Wednesday that Pauline South Intermediate School had to be placed in secure campus mode for about 30 minutes after some students witnessed what district officials dubbed “irrational behavior” by a person on school grounds.

District spokesman Martin Weishaar said parents and guardians were notified by the principal on Wednesday that the person was observed in front of the school building and some of the students witnessed the incident as they were eating lunch.

District officials would not specify exactly what the person was doing at the time but said that the person was apprehended by Shawnee County Sheriff’s deputies. There were no reports of injuries.

Here is the letter the principal distributed today:

I am writing today to share with you that Pauline South went on Secure Campus for approximately 30 minutes today. Secure Campus status is when we lock the front doors of the building to prevent entry.  The operation of the school goes on as planned with the exception of no students are allowed outside for recess.  

The reason for the Secure Campus today was that we had an individual on school grounds who was showing some irrational behavior.  The person was apprehended by Shawnee County Law Enforcement and was taken away.  Unfortunately, this happened in front of the building while one grade level was eating lunch in the cafeteria and witnessed some of the events.  

The students were transported from the cafeteria to the gymnasium as quickly as possible but having over 100 students move to a different area is a process and some of them did see some of the events.

While I am disappointed that this happened, I am very pleased with the plan in place and the collaborative teamwork that occurred to help take care of the situation.  At no time were students in danger. I want to assure you that we are partnering with Shawnee County Law Enforcement in this manner and your support means a great deal as we all work together to make sure that our community schools are safe environments for our children.  

If you would have further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Proud to be a Panther,
Chris Holman, Principal

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