AUSTIN (KXAN) — Teachers at north Austin’s McBee Elementary School were evacuated Monday afternoon to a nearby fire station as police officers cleared the building following an off-campus assault involving a student’s parent.
The Austin Independent School District said the school was placed on a “lockout” during the situation, which differs from a lockdown in that activities continue as normal inside the school, but the exterior doors are locked.
AISD says no students are on campus Monday because it’s a staff development day.
The school, located at 1001 W. Braker Lane — near North Lamar Boulevard — was put under lockout procedures after the Austin Police Department learned a parent with a weapon was involved in a physical altercation with a woman and was trying to go to the school to pick up his child.
Austin police said the aggravated assault happened at 11:23 a.m. in the 10300 block of Ranch to Market Road 2222, not far from RM 620.
When a teacher reported a suspicious noise that sounded like a gunshot, staff was evacuated while officers swept the building. AISD says nothing was found and it’s unclear if the parent ever made it to the school.
The child of the suspect and all school personnel are safe, the police department said. An APD spokesperson was not able to specify what type of weapon the parent was carrying.