Kirkwood High School was locked down for a short time Thursday afternoon after a local television reporter tried to test the school's security response.
School officials say that a man entered the front office and asked to speak with security. When the secretary returned with the school resource officer, the man was gone. Officials contacted police and performed a search of the school. They did not find the man and the lockdown was lifted. It was later determined that the man was a reporter for KSDK News Channel 5.
In a statement, KSDK says they tried to test security at five schools as a part of the story. The statement continues that "this lockdown certainly was not the intent of our visit".
KSDK's Full Statement:
NewsChannel 5 recognizes the importance of safety in our schools. As part of a continuing investigation this afternoon, we visited five local schools.
One of our employees assigned to this investigative report visited Kirkwood High School. He entered and walked his way toward the office, asking a teacher for directions after a few minutes. There, he asked if he might discuss the school's security. He identified himself by name and gave the office his phone number.
When the security official could not be reached, our employee left the premises without escort.
Approximately an hour later – after our visit – the high school was put on lock down. This lock down certainly was not the intent of our visit.