Runaway teen prompted lockdown at Arizona school

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Tucson, AZ, United States (4E) – The Cavett Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona declared a lockdown Tuesday after a 17-year-old runaway boy entered the facility and started a disturbance.

According to Tucson Police Sergeant Chris Widmer, the incident began around 1:43 p.m. when the teen who lived in a nearby group home ran away after a disagreement.

Widmer said after an argument between the teen and the staff, the boy removed an antenna from one of their cars and headed to Cavett which is located along Naco Vista, near Campbell and 36th Street.

Once the teen got inside, school employees confronted him.

When the teen entered the front office while screaming he wanted to die, the principal immediately put the school on lockdown and called 911, said authorities.

He fled down a hall, followed by a school employee and a group home staff member.

Once the boy was cornered, they calmed him down and restrained him until police arrived to detain him.

Widmer said he was taken in for a mental evaluation.

The Tucson Unified School District’s spokeswoman, Cara Rene, said they are reviewing how the teen managed to walk into the school.

Rene revealed TUSD schools have been practicing and reviewing their threat preparation and responses.

Nobody was injured during the ordeal.

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