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Lockdown of schools on Hawaii island lifted after false alarm

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:12 a.m. HST, Jan 12, 2013

Schools in the Waimea area on Hawaii island were locked down Friday morning after a student reported that a man approached a 10-year-old Waimea Elementary School boy.

Police said they were informed of the suspicious incident at 7:56 a.m. but the lockdown was lifted at 8:35 a.m. after the boy informed officials that the man was his relative and they were playing.

The school, with 564 students, was placed in lockdown while police investigated the incident and searched the campus at 67-1225 Mamalahoa Ave.

The lockdown affected several charter and private schools in Kamuela area.

Patti Cook, community liaison for Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School, said that besides the Waimea Elementary School whose facilities are adjacent to her school, Kanu O Ka Aina Charter School, Kamehameha Schools Pre-School and a nearby Montessori school were also affected.

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allie wrote:
scary out there!
on January 11,2013 | 08:51AM
Kaluu wrote:
Right about that, Allie. This incident may or may not be relevant, but one of our society's ills, I believe, is inadequate supervision of those who've documented by their behavior in the past that they still could be a threat. We have so many repeat offenders who've commited heinous acts. We need to bear the expense of keeping them under better control. I'm trying to learn more and be a better citizen as I begin reading, "The Mad Among Us." I think that many of the Sixties pipe-dream efforts to free everyone from every constraint needs correction.
on January 11,2013 | 09:06AM
8082062424 wrote:
It was nothing more then some one playing with there child. fear has really hit home
on January 11,2013 | 12:15PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Shouldn't the school have interviewed the boy first before placing the school on lockdown and calling the police?
on January 12,2013 | 08:06AM
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