Parents, students react to Lamar High School lockdown

- Some scary moments at Lamar High School during a lockdown on campus as a police chase went right through school grounds.

"It was obvious it wasn't a drill," says Wester Couch, a Lamar junior. "It was scary." 

The lockdown lasted a total of 30 minutes, according to school officials.

"It was scary, we had no clue what was going on," adds Couch. "We were just told lock the doors, keep the students in the room, turn off the lights and stay away from the windows. I was texting my parents, I was trying to figure out what was going on. I was posting everything online."

Bellaire police say a string of car break-ins and thefts over the weekend had the community on edge. They say that at around 11 a.m. Tuesday, police were patrolling when a red Jeep, believed to be stolen, was spotted. Police confirmed that the suspects in the Jeep were students at Lamar High. They led police on a chase until crashing near school grounds and running away from the vehicle.

"Once they ran towards our campus, we decided to lock the campus down just out of precaution," says Houston Independent School District spokesman Tracy Clemons.

Police say while two suspects were arrested, two or possibly three others escaped and went inside Lamar High School, likely attempting to mix in with other students.

Parents were seen taking their children out of class. Others, like Phil Davis, is just happy his son and nephew were safe.

"Yes, definitely because I was told that it was supposed to be an active shooter," claims Davis.

"We always notify our parents through what we call a 'call out,' a robocall from the principal," adds Clemons. "They want to hear the principal's voice, so the principal did a call."

Police are confident they will find the other suspects who got away as surveillance video from the school is now part of the ongoing investigation.

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