KIPP Academy lockdown caused by tripod?

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Baltimore Police say a lockdown at KIPP Academy may have been caused by a tripod being mistaken for a weapon.

Baltimore's KIPP Academy was on lockdown as police looked for a possible intruder at the school. Parents of the students are being asked to report to Poly-Western High School to meet with their children. All are reportedly safe at this time and are being released at Poly.

Rochelle Ritchie reports it started Thursday morning in the 4700-block of Greenspring Avenue.

KIPP Harmony Academy and Kipp Ujima Village Academy were put on lockdown due to a potential intruder observed by students.

Swat teams secured the inside of the building.

School authorities say students were placed in locked classrooms during the lockdown.

Ritchie reports 15 buses are taking students to Poly-Western High School to be picked up by their parents at the auditorium. Teachers will remain with students until they are all picked up.

Parents are reportedly upset they learned about the lockdown through social media.

"They were really freaking out because the police was pushing you away so you didn't know what was going on. The school was unable to answer the phone," said one parent.

"All we know is they said nobody has been hurt. I thank God for that," said another.

Monique Griego reports parents are signing in with police so they can pick up their children safely


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