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RPSO investigating intruder incident at St. Frances Cabrini School

Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 1:58 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 19, 2020 at 3:51 PM CST
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident after an intruder came into St. Frances Cabrini School on Thursday morning.

According to RPSO, the School Resource Officer was alerted by school administrators that an intruder had entered the children’s playground area. School administrators and students were on the playground participating in a fire drill.

RPSO said that the intruder had jumped a fence and was walking near the children, armed with a hammer. The SRO confronted the intruder and ordered him to drop the hammer. Once the suspect dropped the hammer, he was taken into custody without further incident. He was transported to a local hospital for observation. Deputies say charges are pending.

“It is unfortunate, but every day, our deputies and police officers are confronted more and more by people in a mental health crisis,” said Sheriff Mark Wood. “I would like to commend the SRO and school administrators for their quick actions in protecting the children and staff. Keeping our children safe is the primary mission of our SRO’s.”

Principal Sister Nina Vincent told us that no one was hurt. We were told that 5th and 6th graders, as well as early childhood students, were there when the incident happened.

Sr. Vincent said after the surprising incident, she wants people to know St. Frances Cabrini School’s top priority is the safety of students, faculty and staff.

“We’re very thankful to the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office for their quick response,” said Sr. Vincent. “I’m proud of my faculty and staff for their response in this situation to help keep our kids safe.”

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