Lockdown lifted from DeKalb schools


A DeKalb police cruiser.

By Northern Star Staff

Soft lockdowns on DeKalb High School and two elementary schools have been lifted, according to DeKalb police.

Cmdr. John Petragallo said the lockdown was initiated in the afternoon after police received a 911 call from a male victim who reported being attacked by an unknown man while on a walking path off Dresser Road. DeKalb High School, Brooks Elementary School and Jefferson Elementary School were locked down.

“The school chose at the time this call came out to do a lockdown, and that has since ended,” Petragallo said.

The suspect in the attack is described as a white man in his 30s with a beard or facial hair. He was reportedly wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.

DeKalb High School student Dylon Nichols, 16, said the lockdown was announced over the intercom and “didn’t seem like a big deal. .. .”

“We were just sitting in class, and I didn’t know what happened until they announced it over the intercom,” Nichols said. “They said it was down by some building, some people got attacked, and there were supposed to be cops in the area.”

Police Chief Gene Lowery said police are still investigating the incident that led to the lockdown.

Staff Writer Kristin Maglabe contributed to this story.