Armed mental escapee causes district’s first Code Red lockdown

PREPARED—Belmont Elementary Principal Bill Armitage shows off the cards that are used in Code Red situations.

It is a parent’s worst nightmare. Your child is at recess at their elementary school when an armed mental patient escapes authorities within walking distance of the playground. This scenario played out at Belmont Elementary on Wednesday, March 10. For the first time in district history, a Code Red emergency procedure was called, and Rockford […]