FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Todd Beamer High School and Sacajawea Middle School were put on lockdown Tuesday morning after a father of two students threatened "a shootout with police," Federal Way Police Department spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said.
Police had previously issued a protection order against the man who sparked the lockdown, Schrock said.
According to Schrock, the man called his children's mother and said he was going to one of the two schools to pick up a child, but he did not specify which child or which school.
When the mother told the man that he was not permitted to take a child, she said he implied he had a handgun and would have a "shootout with police," Schrock said.
The mother then contacted police and both schools were put on lockdown. The lockdown was lifted by 11:20 a.m.
Schrock said the investigation into the father was ongoing.
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