Families, school officials react to school lockdown
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- After suicide and shooting threats surfaced on Facebook leading to a district-wide school lockdown, officials and family spoke about the situation.
Dorothy Brunskill has granddaughters who attend South Umpqua Schools. She says she never thought it would happen to her family. "I was way concerned, I started shaking," she said.
She says her son called about the Facebook post that prompted the lockdown on Wednesday. "You feel helpless," Dorothy said. "I never thought it would happen here."
But it did, and Dorothy says she's happy with the way teachers reacted.
So is her fourth grade granddaughter Zoe Brunskill. "She made me feel safe because I know Mrs. Bean, she'll protect us," Zoe said.
Steve Kelley, the South Umpqua School District Superintendent, says he's also pleased with the way things were handled, but admits there is one thing he will do different next time. "I think everything went exceptionally well, I think one of the things that would have helped the situation, is that I allowed parents to pick up their children," said Kelley. "Probably in the future, I wouldn't do that. It helps us keep the campus more secure."
Kelley says in the future, authorities will give feedback on lockdown drills and school security.
Police have identified the suspect that allegedly caused the lockdown as Wesley William Snyder (AKA Miller), 22, of Myrtle Creek.
The school district says Snyder was previously a student in the South Umpqua School District, but is not currently attending school there.
Police say Snyder was taken into custody after a brief struggle, and is being charged by police with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
The lockdown ended at around 11:20, and Snyder was taken to the Douglas County Jail.
He was charged by authorities with several crimes, including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.