MONTGOMERY CITY, Mo. (KSDK) - Montgomery City Elementary School was placed on lockdown Tuesday afternoon after a parent of three students at the school threatened to kill himself in front of the children.
Superintendent Michael D. Gray says the lockdown was implemented at 11:15 a.m. and last until 12:15 p.m.
Gray says the father allegedly made threats that he was going to go to the school and kill himself. There was also an indication that he may have wanted police to shoot him.
According to Gray, the father was never at the school or near the school.
When the school went into lockdown status all students were removed from the trailers and brought into classrooms. All outside doors were locked and staff continually checked them.
When students were in classrooms, those doors were also locked.
Adults supervised special classes and lunch breaks.
An officer from the Montgomery City Police Department and a state police officer were stationed at the school during the incident.
The lockdown status was removed when the father's car ran out of gas on a country road. He was on the phone with police at the time.
Gray says they did not call parents to notify them of the situation because they did not want students attempting to leave or to have parents showing up at the school during the incident.
According to Gray, the man has surrendered to authorities.