A Baton Rouge elementary school was put on lockdown for about two hours Friday morning during a police hunt for a man suspected of selling drugs.
Keith Bromery, a spokesman for the school system, said the lockdown at Labelle Aire Elementary School started at 7:45 a.m. and ended before 10 a.m.
School starts at 8:25 a.m., so kids were allowed to exit buses and cars as normal, but were kept in their home rooms until the lockdown was lifted; no visitors were allowed on campus, Bromery said.
Bromery said school employees saw police cars and a helicopter patrolling the area near the school, located at 12255 Tams Drive, but nothing on campus.
Cpl. L’Jean McKneely Jr., a spokesman for Baton Rouge Police, said Friday afternoon that a man on foot suspected of selling drugs was chased by police but was not found.
The school was notified because the incident happened nearby.
“It was just a necessary precaution,” McKneely said.