Seattle School District on Lockdown

Officer guarding Shoreline school district school (courtesy

“All schools in the Shoreline School District are closed and in lockdown due to police activity in the area,” reports. “The King County Sheriff’s Office reports the lockdown is a result of a report of an armed man on the grounds of Meridian Park Elementary. Police have described the suspect as a male wearing camo pants and a dark hoodie carrying a firearm. His race and age is unknown. The sighting of the armed man was reported by a school district employee at Meridian Park Elementary. ‘They had a short conversation and the employee ran into the school,’ King County Sheriff’s Sgt. DB Gates told KIRO Radio. ‘They were concerned about what this person was doing on school grounds.'” Hopefully, this will turn out to be some kind of open carry confusion. Meanwhile, TTAG reader JB wonders about the wisdom of multiple school lockdowns . . .

I went to school in this district. I don’t know the circumstances, but they are closing and locking down all 15 schools with 9,000 students. These schools are spread out across several miles, like 8 miles. The original threat was to Meridian Elementary, what sense does it make to lockdown a school 5 miles away, I don’t know.

I know – if the gunman is targeting schools – let’s hold them at the school until the gunman gets there. “Hey crazy f*cking nutcase, we are going to hold the kids here at the school until you get here to shoot them all”

It would be akin to a game reserve for the gunman. Sheeeit.


  1. avatar full.tang.halo says:

    Ah, the President of Madagascar approach to school safety….

    1. avatar Swarf says:


    2. avatar borg says:

      The fact that the suspect was wearing camo pants might indicate that he was merely traversing the grounds to gain access to hunting grounds with the gun unloaded which is specifically allowed by several laws.

      1. avatar Swarf says:

        Yeah. In deepest, darkest Shoreline. A suburb just north of Seattle.

        Unless he’s got a license for Mullet, I don’t think that one’s going to fly.

      2. avatar Colt Magnum says:

        It’s a really long hike to get any kind of hunting grounds. A two day hike, allowing for lights and all the traffic.

      3. avatar JasonM says:

        Maybe he’s headed to Greenlake to hunt ducks. Or down to the zoo to hunt big game.
        Those are only a mile or so from the school.

        I should walk over to see if I can find him there.

    3. avatar Chris says:

      The LIKELY case:

      “Man with umbrella causes rifle scare at Burlington Mall” (Mass, not Washington).

      Lived through that, including all the black helicopters orbiting my town… *shrug*

  2. What the hell man!? Temp dropping into the teens in Atlanta and this cop doesn’t even need a jacket in Seattle? This climate change is real!

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Well, he is wearing a knit cap!

      1. avatar Chadwick P says:

        So even their cops are hipsters?

      2. avatar neiowa says:

        It appears he is wearing multiple vests. “does this make my belly look big?”

        Or perhaps it’s multiple jelly donuts.

    2. avatar CarlosT says:

      Puget Sounders have a different definition of “cold” than Georgians. It’s low 50s, high 90s humidity. If I weren’t sick, it would be shirt sleeve or light jacket weather.

      1. avatar CarlosT says:

        Which is not to say teens isn’t cold. Just don’t read too much into the “no jacket” thing.

      2. avatar JasonM says:

        I rode into work in a medium jacket and overpants. I didn’t even turn on my heated grips.

        There was a chilled wind crossing Lake Washington at “60mph”, but nothing too bad.

        I found January in Columbia, SC colder than this, back in the ’90s.

        1. avatar Swarf says:

          You have heated grips on your fixie?

    3. avatar Swarf says:

      It’s nearly 50 here (downtown Seattle) today.

      I might just wear my Birkenstocks without socks.

    4. avatar Scrubula says:

      People here wear shorts when it’s below freezing.

      Not that many, but it happens.

    5. avatar forrest says:

      I thought the same thing. It was 19 in Gulf Shores, Al last night. I just moved here last month and am wondering why I moved if the weather is just going to be the same wether I’m living at the beach or not.

      Also, locking down schools that don’t have gunmen at them only costs money and panic. It doesn’t do a dang thing for safety or to increase the student’s attention to their lessons… Well, that may actually be a good thing if they’re teaching Common Core there. I’d hate for anyone to have to learn the crap they’re trying to stuff down those kids throats now. They’ve even broken math. In Common Core there can be multiple accepted answers for math questions as long as the student can explain his answer. I’m sorry, but 40X10 is not 50 no matter how well you explain it!

      1. avatar sagebrushracer says:

        a great many school district supervisors are idiots. Generally more worried about keeping their cushy, high salary jobs. If they order a lock down only on one school and another gets massacred, they will be on unemployment. BUT, if they lock em all down, no matter what other stupid things happen (or don’t), they can safely say they did everything humanly possible.

  3. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    “They [school employee and allegedly armed person] had a short conversation and the employee ran into the school …”

    How truly dangerous was the situation if an unarmed school employee carried on a conversation with the person who was allegedly armed?

    I can only wonder if the conversation went like this:
    employee: “What are you doing with that firearm?”
    person: “I am building up the courage to attack the school.”
    employee: “Can you spot me a head start so I can lock the school and call police?”
    person: “I suppose it is the sporting thing to do.”
    employee: “Much obliged.”
    person: “Have a great afternoon.”

    1. avatar Scott says:


    2. avatar RT says:

      Had almost the exact same thought as well.

    3. avatar Will says:

      That same quote raises the question HOW the heck could the race and age be unknown. Was the school district employee blind? Doubt it. My guess is if they were to say, someone somewhere would scream racism.

      1. avatar Oxygenthief says:

        That’s because Anti-2nd Amendment Advocates don’t discriminate in their hatred for guns.

      2. avatar Chris says:


  4. avatar Tactical mall ninja says:

    “It would be akin to a game reserve for the gunman. Sheeeit.”

    I believe the term you are looking for is “fish in a barrel”.

    1. avatar forrest says:

      I believe the term you are both looking for is “gun free zone.”

      1. avatar Excedrine says:

        I believe those terms are interchangeable.

  5. avatar MIKE CROGNALE says:

    Nothing to be confused about here. The lockdown is to continue the brain washing of the students. They are teaching their kids to run and hide from the scary guns. You do recall the traitor Holder’s desire to “brainwash” people against guns, don’t you?

    1. avatar Oxygenthief says:

      Almost right, this is an attempt to get the parents in a frantic state. If ALL the schools were on lockdown, it MUST be serious.

      Instead of waiving the bloody shirt, the school districts have taken a bunch of Ketchup and thoroughly pre-soaked the shirt in this case.

      1. avatar Chadwick P says:

        Well yes this and of course it never hurts the police state to start the kiddies off young learning all about unlawful search and seizure. I’m sure there will be plenty of “open up its the police”… Homeowner-“go away”. Police-“open up we have no warrant to search your property but I’m going to imply you have no choice so really it is you inviting us in”. And in walks the “invited” vampire.

  6. avatar General Zod says:

    I’m betting it’s a teenage moron with an airsoft rifle. Any takers?

    1. avatar Swarf says:

      I’ll take that bet.

      I’m thinking Chipotle ninja.

  7. avatar Ralph says:

    This situation would have been soooooo much worse without Washington state’s universal background check law.

    Fortunately, a cabal of billionaires bought Washington and are now running it even more effectively than the Veterans Administration runs its hospitals.

    We are all saved.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      This might be their first opportunity to apply it.

    2. avatar Fuque says:

      I’m with you Ralph, Ill bet the teen is making the FFL transfer right now to hide his weapon… all the cops gotta do is wait for his paper trail.

    3. avatar Dave says:

      I’m sure the convo between the school employee and this guy ended something like this:
      guy: “Oh, you know, you’re right, I shouldn’t have this here. Here, you take it and give it to the police when they get here.”
      employee: “I can’t; that would be a transfer per i594, so it would be a misdemeanor for both of us.”
      guy: “come on, please…”

      employee runs back to the school, to avoid being part of an illegal transfer. Claims to not know anything about the guy, for fear of being implicated in an attempted crime.

    4. avatar Gruney says:

      You are a funny guy Ralph, but what happened in WA isn’t funny. The best stupid gun laws money can buy. I suppose that the worst of I594 will be overturned in the courts, but by then I won’t be here.

  8. avatar CarlosT says:

    Seattle-area school district would be a better way of saying it. “Seattle School District” brings to mind the school district of Seattle proper.

  9. avatar Shire-man says:

    That pic makes it all so clear! It’s a tactical gut all these cops have. To keep the barrel from smacking your junk.

    1. avatar Kyle in CT says:

      “I’m not saying I invented the beer gut. But I was the first person to realize its potential as a tactical appendage. The tactical tummy! The… tactlegut!”

  10. avatar John M. says:

    I have a modest proposal: Fire all High School principals and superintendents now. Replace them tomorrow with Iraq and Afghanistan combat vets. Qualifications n’importent quoi. Just pick them from at random among our unemployed combat vets. Then, watch silliness like this stop.

    1. avatar forrest says:

      You really don’t want that. We’d get sued by the second day. When Little Johnny comes in telling us that Jimmy pointed a finger gun at him, or worse, pushed him, we’d just laugh and tell them to “nut up, bro” and start a fight club to settle all the stupid arguments between kids.

      That or by 9:30 we’d get so fed up with all the BS that we closed all the windows, turned up the heat, and told the entire school to “push until it rains inside.”

      1. avatar John M. says:

        I expect you all could figure out what to do with the lawyers who sued you, couldn’t you?

        Yeah, I’m not hearing any down sides here.

  11. avatar Jim says:

    It’s a scare tactic. You’re going to see more of these mysterious man with gun, lock down the entire school district before the next election. They are going to want to keep scaring people and reminding them about Stockbridge. It’s also super suspicious how it came about the morning after the Frontline propagantary.

    “Only a vague description of a man carrying a gun was available from witnesses, deputies said. He was described as wearing a dark hoodie, camo pants and holding a firearm.”

    Yeah, it really happened – not!

    1. avatar JR_in_NC says:


      My new favorite word.

  12. avatar JeffR says:

    It just seems wrong that Matt in FL isn’t around to write this story.

    1. avatar Swarf says:

      What happened to him? He was good.

  13. avatar Ben says:

    i agree with those who feel this is a tactic to brainwash the kids and stir fear in parents and anti-gun nut jobs.

    this all does sound suspicious to me though. the scenario has a funny smell to it. and shutting down an entire district and suspending activities until Wednesday? as if they could not wait until Wednesday to do something so the danger and doom will have passed.

    the over reaction is impeccable. who is to say that employee didn’t make it up (either on his/her own or in cooperation with the anti-gun agenda) to keep the fear fire hot.

  14. avatar neiowa says:

    Are we supposed to take a drink everytime libtard says “lockdown”?

    1. avatar Bret says:

      I don’t have the budget for that much alcohol. And that’s if I’m drinking cheap stuff.

  15. avatar Swarf says:

    I’m glad I don’t drink every time some buffoon says “libtard” and thinks they are being original or even moderately witty.

  16. avatar Mo says:

    Yesterday on the Dori Monson radio show (KIRO FM) a caller near the locked down school reported seeing the police questioning a man fitting the description – hoodie, camo pants – who walked with a limp and was using a black cane…

    I’m sure the FBI has linked the suspect to North Korea,

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