Lockdown briefly closes Kennedy Catholic High School Wednesday morning
Burien’s Kennedy Catholic High School was put into lockdown Wednesday morning (June 4), due to a robbery at the Fred Meyer next door.
No injuries were reported, and the lockdown lasted nine minutes.
“Three possible suspects were spotted walking towards the school,” read a note sent out by the school. “Police intercepted them and determined they were not involved in the crime.”
“There was a shoplifter, that when stopped by security at the Fred Meyer, threatened to shoot the security officer,” said Sgt. DB Gates of the King County Sheriff’s Office. “The male walked away on foot in the direction of Kennedy and was arrested nearby without incident about 7 minutes later.”
Gates added that there was no gun, and the suspect was apprehended and cited for making threats.
“Per our normal practices and procedures, we were able to secure the students and building in less than a minute,” the school said. “All doors were secured; students and faculty remained safe. The lockdown lasted nine minutes.”
One student who was at school at the time said that during the lockdown procedure, classroom lights are turned out and students are asked to sit silently away from the windows.