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Student causes brief lockdown at MVHS

Student from nearby Alta Vista became enraged, led police onto Mountain View High campus

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.

Comments

Posted by Liz, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 12, 2009 at 2:17 pm

My kids go to MV and some of the teachers did not lock there doors. Some of the kids said that there teachers did not react and did not close the doors. If this kid had any weapon this would have been a real mess.


Posted by Diana, a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 12, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Sounds like they still need to run the May 19th lockdown drill then if all teachers didn't follow the correct procedure...


Posted by Billy Fong, a resident of another community
on May 12, 2009 at 3:47 pm

you guys are totally losing it your and your scaredness. just because he pushed a officer and ran away he is a big threat. i beleav he ran because he was scared...and where i live that is daily life and i dont know why it should scare so many people its nonsense


Posted by parent, a resident of Whisman Station
on May 12, 2009 at 7:04 pm

It is very disrespectful to shove your mother out of the way and shove the police officer in front of her. He is BOLD and needs to be leashed.


Posted by answering, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 12, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Yeah, he was scared, and like a scared dog, you never know what to expect. I'm glad they locked down. My daughter goes to that school! If that kid was angry enough to shove his mother AND a cop, who is to say he wouldn't have hurt someone else?


Posted by A Releived Citizen, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 13, 2009 at 1:24 am

I am honestly just glad that this "code red lockdown" occurred during class time, and not during brunch or lunch, because then kids would have really gotten violent no joke!!!


Posted by student, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 13, 2009 at 1:26 am

I am tha kid in tha OP. I feel no remorse.


Posted by Concerned Citizen of the World, a resident of Waverly Park
on May 13, 2009 at 9:17 am

Ask yourself....What do I want for my future life? Do I want to be on the outside looking in? OR Do you want to be a happy healthy individual living as part of a successful growing community?
Take the advise of the people who care about you and get help.


Posted by Alta Vista Student, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 13, 2009 at 9:31 am

I currently attend alta vista and the way you constructed this story makes it sound like he was some crazy murderer. The student in question was not a violent person. He didnt resist at first at all not until him mom came and started yelling at him. Thats when he pushed the officer out of the way and ran. He wasn't caught in some crazy tackle... it he was simpled talked out of running anymore by our principle.


Posted by Concerned, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 14, 2009 at 1:49 pm

I hope that parents are calling the administrators and strongly encouraging them to educate their teachers on the code red procedures. I wouldn't call it successful if they have teachers that don't know what to do.


Posted by Parent of a student at MVHS, a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 14, 2009 at 4:20 pm

The young man involved in this incident is a good kid, I have known him for years. I am truly sadden to see the events that have happened, but he needs emotional support and guidance in resolving some issues relating to his family life and I hope that he receives it.

As a PARENT of a STUDENT at MVHS, I am glad that the outcome of this incident was resolved wihtout violence, however, I really don't think it would have escalated to the point of violence. I really see this as a cry for help and I hope he gets it.


Posted by eric, a resident of another community
on May 14, 2009 at 5:14 pm

I think that those upset over how this was handled need to keep something in mind-- this isnt about the kid involved-- its about consistant safety protocols for the campus. Its not about THIS incident, but about a generic occurance.

If there is a 'real' threat to the student body, nobody wants administrators to spend time analyzing a specific kid or situation. Kid flees cop=Code Red. It should be an automatic, no-brainer. Better to error with an excess knee-jerk reaction than to regret inaction later, particularly when the downside of over-reaction is pretty minimal


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