FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - A lockdown at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale has been lifted after a teen who wasn’t supposed to be on campus was arrested.
According to Fort Lauderdale Police, officers responded to a call at the school referencing a trespasser on school property at approximately 9:48 a.m., Friday.
The school was placed on a precautionary lockdown while the first person was located.
Authorities said there was information about a possible second trespasser. That individual was located shortly after.
Officials said the two individuals were juveniles. One of them was a student and the other was not.
Upset parents came to the school out of concern over what was happening.
A woman sitting in a car outside the school said she was waiting for her daughter.
“My child has been locked down in a dark room, with no communication except for her texts, for over an hour,” she said. “Is this what a developed – is this what happens now? This is what we’re supposed to expect as normal?”
7SkyForce hovered over the campus where a large police presence could be seen, including a SWAT team.
“Every single week there is a ‘code red’ drill or a ‘code red’ event, every single week,” said the woman who was waiting for her daughter. “This is no way to live. I grew up in a Third World country. I didn’t have to go through all of this.”
After the lockdown was lifted, parents who spoke with 7News said they are rethinking their current situation.
“I’m starting to wonder if public education is worth the hassle anymore. I’m really beginning to wonder,” said the woman who was waiting for her daughter. “We have to weigh the pros and cons here, and the cons are really stacking up. As a society, we have to come with a better solution than this. This is not right.”
The juvenile who is not a student is no longer on school property and will be charged with trespassing.
It remains unclear what he was doing on campus. As of Friday afternoon, police have not released his name.
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