Man takes teacher hostage, barricades self inside classroom at elementary school – Los Angeles Times
A parent has taken a teacher hostage and is barricaded inside Castle View Elementary School in Riverside, triggering an hours-long standoff that continued Tuesday evening as negotiators tried to get him to surrender.
Authorities have had limited contact with the man since he arrived on campus shortly before 11:15 a.m. and forced his way past staff in the main office, Riverside Unified spokesman Justin Grayson said.
It’s unclear if the man is armed, but witnesses did not report seeing any weapons on the man.
The door to a room is blocked with the parent and a female teacher inside, said Riverside Police Officer Ryan Railsback.
The incident began when the parent arrived on campus and got into a confrontation with a teacher, Railsback said. The parent did not appear to follow the school district’s safety procedures and check in with the front desk, he added.
The parent was confronted by a male teacher and the parent hit that teacher in the face, Railsback said. A witness told KABC that the teacher’s face was bloodied and his nose was broken. The teacher was treated at a nearby hospital, police said.
The parent then went into a classroom and took a female teacher hostage, police said. The two have been in there ever since.
“He’s not responding to our commands to come out so far,” Railsback said. Witnesses did not report seeing any weapons on the man, police said.
Smoke was briefly seen coming out of the room, but Railsback said he didn’t have any information about the smoke. It did not appear to be toxic, he said.
Police evacuated all students from the campus and began releasing them to their parents after 1 p.m. All students were accounted for, Grayson said.
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6:05 p.m. This article was updated throughout.
3:30 p.m.: This article was updated with details about the beginning of the incident.
2:20 p.m.: This article was updated with information on student releases.
1:40 p.m.: This article was updated with details about the hostage.
1:15 p.m.: This article was updated with details about the campus evacuation.
This article was originally published at 12:55 p.m.