Security measures at Cheyenne Traditional displayed during lock-down situation

The Scottsdale Police Department is located at 3700 N. 75th St. (Special to the Independent/Melissa Fittro)

The Scottsdale Police Department is located at 3700 N. 75th St. (Special to the Independent/Melissa Fittro)

A Scottsdale school’s efficient security procedures were verified when the Scottsdale Police Department responded to calls of an armed-robber running in the direction of Cheyenne Traditional School around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3.

At about 1 p.m. officers responded to what was initially reported as an armed robbery, Scottsdale Police Department Public Information Officer Kevin Watts said in a May 3 e-mail to the Independent. Initial reports indicated that a suspect was seen running towards Cheyenne Traditional School, 13636 N. 100th St. in Scottsdale.

The school was placed in lock-down as officers responded. The school was searched with no suspect being found, Officer Watts said. Further investigation revealed that the incident was a domestic dispute.

The male in the dispute had fled with property of a female the suspect likely has a relationship with, according to Officer Watts. There was no danger to the school and at this time no indication of danger to the public.

At the time of the situation a Cheyenne Traditional parent and member of the school’s site council, said from what he was hearing from teachers and parents on the campus, the police responded remarkably.

“I was remarkably impressed with how promptly they controlled the property and controlled the evacuation,” said parent Mike Norton in a May 3 phone interview.

Mr. Norton is a security professional, so he said he is somewhat familiar with these types of situations.

“This was a text-book active situation, and the kids came out calm,” he said. “The parents and teachers were probably more worried then the kids.”

He said the school security officers, and a mass of police officers, quickly responded and took control of the scene.

“Cheyenne Traditional just implemented a strict campus policy for those types of situations,” Mr. Norton said. “The principal, Grace Stombres implemented it, and the policies and procedures in place worked very well — the system worked very well.”

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