Meridian Elementary reopens with added safety measures

The plans include more safety staff on campus along with measures to better protect the building and change the spaces children use.

Kent, Wash. – Students and staff at Meridian Primary School in Kent are expected to return to school on Monday, November 21, after the school was closed for four days following the lockdown.

The school has emailed parents and staff to outline specific additional safety measures that will be in place starting November 21. Plans include more safety staff on campus , measures to better secure the building and change the space used by children.

An incident involving a man making threatening comments to Meridian Elementary forced the school to close on November 14. The school was closed for the rest of the week.

Kent Police said a 26-year-old man armed with an assault rifle was at home near the school on Nov. 14. Several Meridian teachers told KING 5 that the man was on campus.

Police said he was erratic. The man was arrested on November 16, but his current status in the appointment booking system remains unclear. KING 5 has reached out to the King County Prosecutor’s Office to update its status and has yet to receive a response.

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The district said it thoroughly inspected the school campus with safety officials and maintenance staff before instituting additional safety measures.

A community listening session is scheduled for Tuesday night at Faith Church across from the school. It will begin at 7 p.m. Kent’s sheriff and mayor are expected to attend along with county officials. Meridian Elementary reopens with added safety measures

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