UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo (KMOV.com) – Officials in University City say a man followed a female student into Brittany Woods Middle School and claimed to be her father Monday morning.
Officials with the University City School District confirmed in a statement that one of their staff members “identified an unknown person immediately upon entering the building.” The man claimed to be a female student’s father, but officials say that wasn’t true and say it was “quickly determined that he had no reason to be on campus.” University City police were contacted after discovering he was not the father of a student.
“When I go to my son’s school, to get through the main door, you have to talk to the officer,” said David President, a resident in the area. “Then you get a badge and sign in.” Brittany Woods Middle School has an entry policy similar to this one.
“I think that they reacted, and nipped it before it became a problem or anything like that,” said Aaron Criss, a resident.
Police say the man’s motives are still unclear, but authorities say the man said he was looking for a job. He was escorted out of the building without incident and authorities say no one was harmed.
Below is a statement from the district in full:
“On Monday morning, we found ourselves in the position of implementing our procedures around the potential threat of an intruder in our middle school.
One of our staff members identified an unknown person immediately upon entering the building. As per our District procedures, the staff member asked for the man's identification and quickly determined that he had no reason to be on campus. He was quickly escorted out of the building and a police report was filed.
Superintendent Pruitt praised the Brittany Woods Middle School staff for their exemplary behavior in following District procedures. “The safety and security of our students and staff are of utmost importance and it is reassuring that our intruder procedures are effective.”