Mountain View and Alta Vista high schools went into a five-minute "code red lockdown" Monday morning after a student attacked a police officer during a meeting at Alta Vista High and then fled to nearby Mountain View High, police and school administrators said.
The lockdown occurred for five minutes while the police looked for the 15-year-old male student, who they said was violent. They located him quickly and arrested him on charges of resisting arrest, battery of a police officer and being a minor in possession of alcohol, according to police spokesperson Liz Wylie.
The Alta Vista student, a Mountain View resident who had just started attending the continuation school, was caught with alcohol in the classroom on Monday. He was taken to the principal's office, and turned violent when administrators called police and his mother to the campus, Wylie said.
"The juvenile got upset with his mom and the police being there," Wylie said. "He got up and started yelling at the police officer."
The suspect's mother tried to restrain him, but he "pushed his mother out of the way and shoved the police officer," Wylie said.
The officer chased the student onto the Mountain View High School campus, where the suspect hid in a classroom. The officer could not find him and called for backup.
The student, whose name is being withheld, never had a weapon, but police were worried he was violent and ordered a "code red lockdown" of both schools while they searched for him. Under the circumstances Monday, the lockdown meant that all students and faculty were to stay in their classrooms with the doors locked until the lockdown was lifted.
The lockdown lasted for about five minutes and ended at 10:51 a.m., Wylie said, when the suspect ran out of the classroom and onto the football field. Policed arrested him there without incident, and he was booked into juvenile hall.
Mountain View High School administrators kept students and parents updated about the lockdown on the school's Web site. After police arrested the suspect, administrators said they were pleased with how well students had handled the lockdown.
"Mountain View High School performed so well in the code red lockdown May 11th, the May 19th drill has been canceled," administrators wrote in their last update.