A parent's report of a suspicious man locked down all schools within the Lake Travis Independent School District (LTISD) Wednesday afternoon.
The report came in around 2 p.m. according to LTISD spokesperson Marco Alvarado. The parent said she had spotted a person in the parking lot of the district’s Educational Development Center, located next door to Lake Travis Elementary School.
All schools were promptly put on lockdown as a precaution.
"Post-Connecticut incident, we are not going to risk it,” Alvarado said. “We are not going to take anything lightly. It is unfortunate that we had to interrupt the instructional day, but in this day and age, I'm sure parents will agree with us.”
About an hour later, all schools but Lake Travis Elementary School and the Educational Development Center were cleared.
In December of 2011, a custodian at Lake Travis Middle School reported seeing a man with a firearm in a school bathroom. That school and nearby Lake Travis High School were put on lockdown for about four hours.
"I saw a big difference, even this time,” Lt. Ken Farr with the Lakeway Police Department said, “They are just Johnny on the Spot now. I've had the opportunity to participate in a lot of their trainings. They take this very seriously and they do it very well."
No gunman was found in the Dec. 2011 incident. The custodian was fired the following month after an “extensive review” found no evidence that a gunman was on school grounds.
As for Wednesday’s lockdown, Lakeway Police say they are still investigating the identity of the man spotted by the parent.