SWAT officers shot and killed an elementary student’s father that had been holding a 70-year-old teacher, Linda Montgomery, hostage for over six hours.
The parent, Luvelle Kennon, had barged through the Castleview Elementary School office around 11:15 a.m. before breaking a substitute teacher’s nose.
The substitute teacher had tried to stop Kennon from avoiding mandatory visitor protocol, triggering Kennon to grab Montgomery and drag her into a nearby classroom.
A teacher received a face wound by the outraged parent when trying to stop him from taking Montgomery into the nearby classroom.
Kennon barricaded himself and Montgomery in a classroom where he expected his first grade daughter to be.
Kennon’s daughter was not in the classroom, but was out at lunch like all the other students.
Witnesses and officials are unsure if the suspect had any weapons, though they claim he carried a bag with him onto campus.
Officials say that white smoke seemed to come from the classroom for a moment, but quickly dissipated.
The reason for the outburst and hostage situation is still unclear, and family members state that Kennon had been acting different the days leading up to the incident.
Officials are investigating the details of the event and the motivation behind the encounter, trying to find an explanation for such behavior from a seemingly non-problematic parent in the past, according to school staff.