Sunny Hills Elementary locked down briefly

October 22, 2010

By Ari Cetron

NEW — 12:40 p.m. Oct. 22, 2010

School administrators put Sunny Hills Elementary School under lockdown for about 25 minutes Friday after students saw a suspicious person on school grounds.

At about 11:30 a.m., the students reported the person — with what they believed to be a weapon — in a school parking lot, according to an e-mail to the community from Principal Sarah White.

The school was placed into lockdown, and the afternoon kindergarten class was re-routed to Pine Lake Middle School as Sammamish police came to investigate.

Once on the scene, police found no evidence of anything dangerous, Chief Nate Elledge said. The officer believes it was a construction worker from across the street with a nail gun.

“We feel everything was safe,” Elledge said.

As a precautionary measure, police will continue to monitor the area as needed, Elledge said.

The school lifted the lockdown at about 11:55 a.m.

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