On Tuesday, the Lynn Public School District in Alabama declared a state of martial law and a lockdown as a precaution after the FBI launched a nationwide manhunt for three men who fled the school in the middle of the night.
The lockdown was imposed because of the presence of the three men, who were believed to be in Alabama.
A spokesperson for the school district told the Al Jazeera America network that they were ordered to maintain a “lockdown” on campus and to keep students away from the area.
“There are people here, the school is under lockdown and it’s an emergency,” said the spokesperson, Lyle Miller.
“We’ve had to close the campus to the outside world, and we have no information on where they are.”
Miller said the lockdown was being imposed because the FBI had identified a third suspect in connection with the school attack.
“He is a white male, and they are in custody and he’s in the custody of the FBI,” Miller said.
On Tuesday, Lynn Superintendent Bill Rief, said he was calling for a lockdown at the school, which is located in the town of Lutz, Alabama.
“I would like to tell you that the lockdown is in effect, but we will be there until they get their suspects and then they will be able to reopen,” Rief said.
“The lockdown will be lifted tomorrow morning,” he added.
According to the Birmingham News, the lockdown will last from 9am to 2pm local time.
A statement from Lynn’s district said that “the lockdown is mandatory as a measure of precautionary measure in order to protect the safety and security of the school and all students”.
The lockdown order came as a result of the discovery of three men hiding in the school cafeteria, with a total of three suspects identified as the three individuals pictured above.
The first suspect, who was detained in the cafeteria, was reportedly a student who had just left the school.
The third suspect, identified as 20-year-old Kevin White, was detained with White, who had also been at the lunchtime cafeteria.
The Lynn School District said that it would not comment further on the investigation, but that the school’s principal, Chris Pyle, was in touch with local police and that the situation was under control.
“We are cooperating fully with authorities in the investigation and are fully prepared for the possible return of the students, faculty and staff,” Riedl said in a statement.
“This is a difficult and challenging situation, and the safety of our students, staff and families is our highest priority,” he continued.
“Any student who feels uncomfortable or in danger should contact the nearest police department or call 911.”
The FBI said that there were three men believed to have fled the Lutz school.
“We are working to identify the third suspect.
We are confident that the suspect is in custody in the Birmingham area,” the agency said in an official statement.
Following the lockdown, the FBI’s Birmingham office issued a statement that said the “national search is on for the three fugitives”.
“It is believed that these individuals are located in Birmingham and they have been spotted by the FBI on multiple occasions,” the FBI said.
The lockdown has forced some students to take temporary shelter at a local shopping centre.
“The school is still closed.
We’re in the process of finding a temporary home for students who are in the area,” Lynn Community School Director Lisa Babb told local television station WJMG.
This is not the first time the lockdown has been imposed at Lynn.
In February, the district declared a statewide lockdown after three men were found hiding in a school.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m trying to take care of my kids, I’m working to make sure that my kids have a good education, I want to keep my kids safe,” Babb said.
Lynn Public Schools have also announced that the principal will not be attending the school next Tuesday.
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