At approximately 1:40 p.m. on Friday, February 16, it was reported that shots were fired near the campus of Washington Middle School (WMS). The shots did not take place on WMS property, but the school did go on lockdown and police were notified. Local, county and state law enforcement responded immediately. Law enforcement checked the campus and its perimeter. All students were accounted for and safe. The school remained on lockdown until the area was thoroughly cleared.
The staff of Washington Middle School did an outstanding job with the situation. Local, county and state law enforcement were quick and precise in their response and dealt with the situation quickly. Also, community members, parents and guardians were understanding and worked with the staff on the release of students.
We understand that parents want information as quickly as possible in these situations. However, we want to make sure the information given is as accurate as possible and we appreciate your patience.
I want to say thank you to all the staff, law enforcement and community members that helped with the situation. Each group did a great job. Unfortunately, because of recent events in our country we must be and will continue to be very cautious when it comes to the safety of our students and staff. The El Dorado School District loves our students and takes their safety seriously and that was shown by the staff today.
Superintendent – El Dorado School District