SALINAS, Calif.- The Natividad Elementary School was on lockdown today due to the standoff situation behind the school.
Janneth Barron, mother of three children who attend the school, said, "I just wanted to come inside and get my kids. I was shaking".
Luckily, the school staff had everything calm, cool, and collected on the inside. The 700 chidren inside the school were in good hands.
Sarah Martin, a mornin teacher at the school, helped head the front for the lockdown.
Sarah explained, "This morning when I got here at 7:30 am, they said we were in a lock down, so I stood at the door with another person and I told all the parents and kids to come in and take a seat".
The teachers immediately followed the protocol for this type of situation. They had all kids and parents near and on the vicinity come inside the school. Then they activiated their security gates, took attendance for all seven-hundred students by hand, and then divided up the children into three different secure areas. Most importantly, they kept the children in a good state of mind.
Sarah Martin said, "the kids have been great they are making paper airplanes, having fun, and we even had a sing along".
The staff continued to keep the childrens' spirits up throughout the day until the school was told that the lockdown is over.
In the late afternoon, the school started their reunification process. There was a long line of parents lining up to go into the main office. They would have to go in one at a time and sign their child out. Then the teachers would go get the child and bring them out to their parent. The police advised the school to avoid a chaotic situation with a regular dismissal at 2:15 pm.
While the school hopes this kind of situation never happens, when it does, the school officials say they're prepared.