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Board praises response to Friday bank robbery

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POSTED September 10, 2009 2:29 a.m.
Last Friday, Manteca High along with Lincoln, Manteca Day, Lindbergh and other schools within a nine-block radius were forced to lock down.

Nearby, two suspects were holed up in a duplex in the 100 block of South Lincoln Avenue just about a block from Bank of America, the scene that morning of a robbery at gun point.

During the 11-hour standoff, parents were informed of the lockdown by the Manteca Unified School District. They received word via the emergency notification system’s mass-dialed recorded message.

At Tuesday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Jason Messer acknowledged the staff at Manteca High for evacuating students to Lincoln Park in a “safe and organized” way. It was there that parents were notified to pick up their youngster.

“I had to collect a child from MHS,” said Trustee Wendy King, who initially was facing her worst fear.

 The school was in close proximity of the situation involving the suspects and the Manteca Police Department’s SWAT team along with other law enforcement agencies. MHS, in turn, went with early dismissal.

King also praised staff and firefighters for a job “well done” of getting students cleared of the area.

Added Messer: “I will be writing to the fire department for an outstanding job.”
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