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SAFER SCHOOLS NEWS-VOL. 21 

 

School Children Taken Hostage in Arizona

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GLENDALE, Arizona

Tuesday, October 24, 2000

 

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GLENDALE, Arizona -- A masked and camouflaged young man with a 9mm handgun entered a portable classroom at an elementary school in Glendale, Ariz., and took as many as 10 children and a teacher hostage Tuesday, police said.  "School Shooting Map"
AZ Elementary School Held Hostage.

Student holds teacher hostage
Glendale, Az.

A hostage crisis at an elementary school in Glendale, Arizona, has ended with no apparent injuries.

That's according to police, who were in a standoff with a former student who they say was armed with a 9mm handgun and was holding a teacher hostage.

The student was at first reported to be holding as many as 10 children hostage but that report was later discounted.

Officers responded to Pioneer Elementary School about 11 a.m. and found the student, wearing a mask, holding a hostage in a portable classroom.

Police spokesman Matt Brown says there is no indication at this time on the motive for the hostage-taking.

Parents were asked to stay away from the scene while police try to negotiate an end to the standoff.

But many parents went to the school anyway, some carrying cell phones, calling everyone they can think of, hoping to get information.

The students, from kindergarten on up through the eighth grade, were locked in their classrooms for their own safety while the standoff continued.

Glendale is a town of about 210,000 and home to Luke Air Force Base.

UPDATE

The hostage-taker, a former student, let the children go, but remained in a standoff with the Glendale police. A teacher was still in the classroom at Pioneer Elementary School with the gunman.

Few other details were immediately available, but police spokesman Matt Brown said the gunman was talking with officers. Police do not know what prompted the situation, he said.

UPDATE

Police say a hostage situation at Pioneer Elementary School in Glendale, Arizona has ended with no shots fired. Earlier reports said a school-aged juvenile with a 9mm handgun was holding a teacher hostage. Police say the suspect is now in custody. Students in adjacent classrooms were evacuated and school officials were releasing them to their parents

 

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