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Okaloosa County school lockdowns
OKALOOSA COUNTY - School has only been in session for a few weeks, but already six schools in Okaloosa County have been put on lockdown.
On August 26th five schools in the Crestview area were put on lockdown, while deputies searched for an armed robber.
Three days later, Destin Elementary was put on lockdown, because of armed suspects may have been near the school.
The precautionary measure is there to make sure students are safe, but it can be nerve wracking for parents who are left in the dark.
Once a school goes into lock down no one is allowed on or off campus.
Last months lock downs came as a surprise to most parents.
Who said they found out not by the district but other ways like social media and the rumor mill.
"Some one had called us and we were misinformed we actually thought there was a shooter on campus," said parent, Christina Bonbechio.
Timothy West Sr. was also concerned, "In light of everything that has been going on in the news lately with shootings at schools and things like that the first thing that came to mind was oh goodness has it happened here in Crestview?"
Many parents say they are confident the school's staff can take care of the children.
But they're upset they didn't hear any official statement from the school about the lockdowns until hours after they were lifted.
"Most parents the kids were already home and heard about it second hand. I heard a lot of parents had heard about it on Facebook," said Bonbechino.
The school district says they will not alert parents when the lockdown is in effect because they don't want parents interfering with their protocol.
"It makes a lot of since otherwise parents are just going to flood the school and they're not going to be able to do anything about it," said Edyie Petti.
But the district now plans to send an automated message as soon as the lockdown has lifted.
"It will put us at ease and most parents at ease because we're kind of worried to death about that," said Timothy West Sr.
No students were harmed in last months lock downs, but the school district says this is just another safety measure.