Police Search Prompted School Lockdown in Anne Arundel

By William Wan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 18, 2007; 4:50 PM

Eight schools in northern Anne Arundel County were locked down for more than two hours today as police searched for a homicide suspect.

The lockdown lasted from 10 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. at these schools: North County High School, Lindale and Brooklyn Park middle schools, Ferndale Early Education Center, and Hilltop, Cromwell, Lithicum and Park elementaries, school district spokesman Melvin Edwards said.

Earlier, school officials had included Glendale Middle School in the list and had said seven schools were locked down.

Edwards said the schools went into lockdown after police told school officials the suspect was spotted near North County High. He said lockdown means "nobody can go in or out of the school, but classes are being conducted normally."

After it was lifted, schools spokesman Tony Ruffin said: "We're sending a letter out to parents, to let them know what happened. Everything is back to normal."

Police have not yet found the suspect.

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