Marco Forster Middle School
and Del Obispo Elementary School went into lockdown this morning after a woman drove her car onto basketball courts behind Marco Forster. Initial reports indicate a baby was in the woman's car and that she might have had a knife. Campuswide lockdowns move all of the children into classrooms, where the doors are locked. Children were at P.E. when the woman, believed to be a parent of a child at the school, drove onto the blacktop, apparently by accessing a gate off the parking lot.
No children were injured.
Details are still sketchy, the Orange County Sheriff's Department blotter shows authorities were summoned to the campus at 9:42 a.m., and that a 35-year-old woman, identified as Patricia Rosalba Lagunas, was arrested.
Authorities say no weapons were found. Here's an update from Marco Forster Principal Carrie Bertini that was sent to parents:
"I am writing to notify you that our school underwent a school wide lockdown today. At approximately 9:40 am a car drove up our access road and behind the school where PE classes were in session. The driver refused to respond to staff, was behaving strangely and refused to leave. Police were called and the school was put in lockdown. Police responded, situation was handled and the school went back to normal operations within 45 minutes.
I would like to commend your children and our staff for their quick response to this situation. This is a reminder of the importance of the drills we hold regularly to respond to emergency situations."
Carrie C. Bertini, Principal, Marco Forster Middle School
Editor's Note: The district announced Del Obispo was not locked down -- only Marco Forster.