Centennial High School, Burleson Collegiate High School on lockout
Centennial and Burleson Collegiate High School are currently on a lockout while the Burleson Police Department is investigating a tip from a parent regarding a Burleson ISD student who may have made threats towards a BISD school.
According to an email from DeAnna Phillips, Marketing & Communications Director for the city of Burleson the tip came from a parent.
“A lockout means the campus is closed to outside visitors while we take every step needed to ensure the safety of BISD students and further investigate the situation,” Phillips wrote in the email. “We understand this is still a scary situation for parents and the public but we want to make sure everyone knows the difference (between a lockout and lockdown.)”
The email describes the difference between a lockout and lockdown.
School lockouts are intended to protect students from danger or threats located outside the building, and as a result, schools may go into a lockout or secure-perimeter scenario if there are crimes in or around the campus. By requiring children to stay inside the building and to create a secure perimeter, lockouts can help local law enforcement as they seek suspects.
Additionally, they allow the educational day to continue somewhat uninterrupted.
A lockdown is used to protect students from danger inside their school. These often require teachers to lock doors, turn out lights, and instruct students to hide in silence.
"This is not what is occurring right now at Centennial High School and Burleson Collegiate High School," Phillips wrote.
Centennial High School and Burleson Collegiate High School are located at the same campus.
The Burleson ISD posted additional information on its Twitter feed.
Student safety is our highest priority. We always act swiftly to protect your children & provide as much info as possible. CHS & BCHS remain under lockout until further notice from the BPD. Updates will post by the BPD's Facebook @BurlesonTXPD as they provide most current info the post read.