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Fresno teachers question security after incident at elementary school

The Fresno Unified School District’s teachers union is claiming the district botched its response when an angry parent burst into an elementary school classroom last month, the Fresno Bee reported Thursday.

Teachers’ criticism included questioning why district leaders did not place Pyle Elementary School on lockdown when the incident occurred on May 17, the newspaper reported.

School officials, in a statement to the Bee, countered that locking down the school would have trapped students and teachers with the abusive parent. Instead, the school’s principal and vice principals went to the classroom to evacuate students and teachers. There was “no immediate threat” to the rest of the campus after the administration contained the parent, so no lockdown was issued, district officials said.

In a letter to the district,  the union said a security guard was not posted at the school following the incident despite multiple requests.

District officials said they will meet with local police about school security.