(CBS Seattle) — Salmon Bay School in Ballard is making changes to its security procedures after a drunk man entered the school and was found in the boy’s bathroom Tuesday morning.
According to KING 5, the school issued a statement saying the homeless man got inside the building around 9:30 a.m. Teachers were told to keep students in their classrooms and school officials called 911. The statement said the man was “very intoxicated but non-confrontational” and left the building after police arrived.
A Seattle Public Schools spokesperson told KING 5 the man came in through a handicapped entrance on the east side of the school, which is left unlocked longer than the other doors so students with special needs have easy access to the school building.
“This is a school zone, only children should be there or parents, people shouldn’t be able to just walk in,” one neighbor told KING 5. Children in grades K-8 attend Salmon Bay. A parent who was volunteering at the time of the incident told KING he was happy with how the situation was handled and didn’t feel “we were in imminent danger.”
Salmon Bay’s assistant principal told KING 5 the doors will be unlocked for shorter periods of time now. The district is also giving security procedures a second look to make sure students have the access they need, without compromising the security of the school.
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