Staff allows masked teens with guns to enter school to hide from nearby police

4 masked teenagers carrying guns allegedly allowed into school by administrators because ‘unsafe’ police were nearby:report – The Blaze

Four masked teenagers with guns were allowed to enter a high school in Ohio after it was placed on lockdown on September 14.  The high school’s assistant principals opened the door to allow the teenagers with guns into the building.  They were concerned about their safety as the ‘unsafe’ police approached.

There were four armed teenagers wearing masks approaching Garret Morgan High School in Cleveland, Ohio, and security officers immediately called 911. As the suspects approached the school, security officers repeatedly warned them that they should not be allowed inside.

His voice can be heard on 911 call records saying, “Do not let them do not let anyone through that door, people.”

The dispatcher then ordered, “Keep the school locked down.”

There was a loud shout from another person, “Don’t let ’em in the building!” Again, another person echoed what had been said, “Don’t let them in the building!”

In spite of repeated warnings from the security officers, the young men were still allowed to enter the building. They were allowed in by two school administrators, Christopher Kane and Carolyn Elias, both assistant principals at the school.

According to a witness, “Two assistant principals from leadership let the males into the building.”

One assistant principal told the police, “I confirmed the interior doors were locked and instructed the four suspects to come to the vestibule because it was unsafe to be outside because I saw police officers.”

In the security footage, Kane stands outside the door where the alleged gunmen entered. Despite still having access to the outside, the suspects were locked out of the building after entering the vestibule.

A lockdown was imposed on all 285 students at the school during the incident.

Even though three of the suspects attempted to flee, police were able to apprehend them. At least two of the suspects were in possession of firearms. In the meantime, two suspects have been released on their own recognizance during the investigation. An unrelated robbery case resulted in the arrest of a 16-year-old suspect. One suspect managed to elude capture.

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District defended the administrators who admitted the suspects into the building in a statement.

According to the statement, one of the witness statements indicates that the men entered a controlled, secured area designed to prevent access to the rest of the building; Cleveland police had already arrived on the scene at the time and were able to make arrests. A member of staff made a split-second decision in order to keep students and staff safe.

The investigation into this case is still ongoing.

For more coverage on this story, see the additional news sources below:

4 masked teenagers carrying guns allegedly allowed into school by administrators because ‘unsafe’ police were nearby:report The Blaze

How armed teens got into Cleveland school: I-Team Fox 8

Video: Police confront kids with guns at Cleveland school WDTN