WORCESTER, Mass. (WHDH) -
Students and staff at the City View Elementary School in Worcester were put into lockdown and dismissed early Wednesday after an unarmed man enter the school and robbed the secretary.
The man in his 20s said he was there to talk about enrolling his child.
“The secretary subsequently did the right thing she went through the procedures of buzzing him into the building and he went into the main office,” School Safety Liaison Robert Pezzella said.
School officials say the secretary sat down with the man and proceeded to tell him about the school while he patiently listened; but then the man showed he was really there for another purpose.
“After he got all his information he said to her 'I have one more question' and when she turned he ripped off two chains off her neck,” Pezzella said.
The man ran out of the school and rode off on a bike. School officials immediately put the school in lockdown, called 911 and notified parents.
“Some kids hid under their desks, some kids went into the cubbies and sat in the baskets,” Alixandra Coran, a student, said.
Officials at the school said they pride themselves on their security measures, but they say this man was extremely convincing.
Parents said the school acted properly, but it was still frightening
“Stuff like this can happen anywhere but as far as I’ve known this has always been a safe school,” Mike Kittrege said.
The school has implemented new procedures in recent years but officials say they still want to review the incident and see if more changes are needed.