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Police: Parents shouldn't show up during school lockdowns

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio says students inside Freedom High School, East Hills Middle School and Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School were safe during Thursday's lockdowns.

But police say the parents who lined the curb outside the schools weren't.

Police were searching for an armed murder suspect and the schools were locked down as a precaution. No one, including parents, were allowed inside.

"It is dangerous for them because they can't get in plus they could be in the line of fire if you have an actual active shooter," DiLuzio said.

DiLuzio says parents should make sure they are on the school's notification lists so they are kept up to date on what's happening at the school.

He says parents can also check the police department's website and Facebook pages for additional updates.

DiLuzio says showing up at a school during a lockdown is the last thing a parent should do.

"If a parent were to get into a school, grab their kid, take the kid out, and the school district is not aware of that, then we have a missing child in the middle of everything. Then we might have to pull resources, maybe from the incident to find out what happened, where is this kid," DiLuzio said. 

He says the most reliable information will come from either the district or the police department.

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