Roye-Williams Elementary School was briefly locked down Tuesday afternoon on the advice of police who were investigating a domestic disturbance, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and Harford County Public Schools said.
The school was locked down at approximately 2:45 p.m. on the advice of the Sheriff’s Office, according to HCPS Communications Manager Teri Kranefeld. The lockdown was lifted 35 minutes later, just before dismissal, she said.
According to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Edward Hopkins, at 2:30 p.m. that afternoon, a woman told deputies that she was concerned about her 27-year-old ex-husband’s well-being, saying he had called her around noon and made irrational statements and other statements which “could be construed as wanting to harm himself.”
Hopkins said one of the man’s statements concerned the woman’s children, who attend Roye-Williams, but he did not threaten the school directly or threaten to harm his children. As a precaution, the school was placed on lockdown and deputies went to the school. However, Hopkins said the man was not present at the school and had not been at any point that day, and officers found nothing amiss.
Deputies later located the man at his home in a confused and emotionally distressed state, according to Hopkins. The man told police he needed help, and was taken into custody under an emergency petition and transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for evaluation.