January 29, 2008

For immediate release from the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District

This afternoon the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) received a call regarding the possibility of a dangerous person being on the campus of Lincoln Middle School. They responded to the campus and collaborated with the campus Administration who proceeded to lock down the site. (It should be noted that “Lock Down drills are practiced regularly at all schools, so this was a procedure that was familiar to all staff and students). Shortly after securing the campus, a similar call was received regarding Adams Middle School.

After a thorough search of the Lincoln campus, SMPD informed the District that there was no evidence of anyone with a weapon on either campus. After collaboration between the Police and the Administration at John Adams Middle School, students were dismissed as usual. Lincoln students were escorted by Police and School Staff off campus to a staging area at the corner of Euclid and California. They were then released to their parents.   

The lockdown and the dismissal progressed smoothly. District administration was at the site, and communication was sent to all parents of Lincoln Middle School and John Adams Middle School by an automated dialing system. The collaborative efforts between the Police, PTA, Site and District staff focused on the safety and security of students and staff. School will be in open tomorrow (Wednesday January 30, 2008) and additional staff will be on both sites to assist any children who require support to deal with the events of this afternoon.

The District is thankful that no one was injured during the events of today and we will use this incident as a learning opportunity to ensure that all of our schools are even more prepared for any crisis.
For further information, contact Deputy Superintendent Tim Walker at 310-450-8338, extension 220.
Thank You,

Timothy Walker
Deputy Superintendent
Samta Monica Malibu Unified School District
1651 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA  90404
310.450.8338 x220
310.581.1138 (f)