Nelson Elementary locked down after ‘suspicious incident’

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Nelson Elementary School in Denton was placed under “precautionary lockdown” Tuesday after officials were alerted by police that a “suspicious incident” had occurred a few blocks away, officials said.

In a letter posted on the school’s website Tuesday, Principal Cecilia Holt wrote that the school was alerted that the incident had occurred a few blocks from the school, located in the 3900 block of Teasley Lane, and asked to “go in to ‘lockdown mode,’” according to procedure.

“I was extremely proud of our young students and staff for their rapid response to this situation,” Holt wrote in the letter. “They followed the appropriate procedures and continued with their learning. Our top priority at Nelson Elementary School is to always make sure all our students are safe. As soon as this incident was brought to our attention, we took immediate action to maintain a safe, healthy environment for all students.”

Officer Orlando Hinojosa, spokesman for the Denton Police Department, said the school was placed on lockdown briefly after the department received a report of a person with a gun.

Police responded and no gun was found, he said.

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