Olentangy Valley News

Lockdown affects eight schools

A 41-year-old man who fled police and prompted lockdowns at eight Olentangy schools last week turned himself in just hours later.

Executive Director of Academics Mark Raiff said the schools locked their doors as a "precautionary" measure Jan. 23 while police searched for Andrew Ankrim, who was wanted on four warrants for failing to pay child support, driving under the influence and disorderly conduct.

Delaware County Sheriff's Office officials said Ankrim was stopped walking near schools with no identification early Wednesday morning, Jan. 23. After a deputy transported him to his home in the 8000 block of Liberty Road, he allegedly fled on foot.

Officers notified school officials, who declared a Level 1 lockdown for the remainder of the day at eight schools in the western half of the district: Olentangy Liberty High School, Liberty Middle School, Hyatts Middle School, and Liberty Tree, Indian Springs, Scioto Ridge, Wyandot Run and Tyler Run elementary schools.

A Level 1 lockdown means all doors to the buildings are locked, but students and staff can go about their normal routines. Police presence also was ramped up around school buildings.

All elementary school doors already are required to remain locked during school hours. But at the district's middle schools and high schools, the front entrance is not locked during the school day, though all other entrances around the buildings remain locked from the outside at all times.

"For clarification, a precautionary -- or Level 1 -- lockdown means schools further restrict entrance to and exit from the buildings, increase scrutiny of visitors and restrict student activity outside the buildings," said Raiff in a written statement. "From the student/teacher perspective, all activities continue as normal inside the building."