An armed standoff with Sioux Falls police ended peacefully this afternoon, but it happened at about the same time elementary students at a nearby school were being dismissed. But the school district was quick to notify parents of the situation and had a plan to keep kids safe.
The report of a suicidal subject making threats brought several police officers to the neighborhood with weapons drawn.
The standoff, which lasted about 45 minutes, ended peacefully. But at nearby Robert Frost Elementary, many parents who were there to pick up their kids became concerned when officers told them to stay away from the immediate area.
"I usually pull up right in front of IPC to pick up my daughter and they just said no, we can't pull up there. We had to use certain doors today," Tami Burkhard said.
"I pulled up to the front of the building to pick up my child and they told me he was dismissed at the other side of the building, so I'm still trying to find where he's at," LeAnn Dixon said
The school district says once it learned of the standoff, it alerted parents via email and phone calls of the ongoing situation and that some kids were being kept inside to keep them safe.
"We were notified by the police. We spoke immediately with our school staff at Robert Frost and we made announcements that no walkers would be released; they would be held," Assistant Superintendent Sue Simon said.
Students who were being picked up by their parents were allowed to be dismissed, but only out the south side doors of the school.
The school says it never had to go into lockdown or shelter in place during the incident.