Man arrested after threat puts St. Charles Schools on lockdown

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KPLR) - Four schools were placed on lockdown after an altercation ended with a suicidal threat. The threat was not by a student, but from a man went to a school looking for his ex-wife.

The man went to Francis Howell High School at around 9:20am looking for his ex-wife who works there. They got in an dispute over their children and made a suicidal threat. A school resource officer then confronted the man. He then left the campus.

The suspect then tried to get into Francis Howell Middle School but the doors were locked. That is when the Francis Howell School District placed eight buildings on lockdown, including Francis Howell High, Francis Howell Central, Francis Howell Middle, Bryan Middle, Saeger Middle, Independence Elementary, Meadows Parkway Early Childhood, and the district maintenance facility.

Messiah Lutheran School on O'Fallon Road also went on lockdown.

The SWAT team arrived at Francis Howell Middle School and did a sweep of the school.

Police started a manhunt for the suspect and O’Fallon Road was closed while police searched the area. They did not know if the man was armed.

The man was arrested in the Chesterfield area of St. Louis County around 10:30am Tuesday. No one was harmed in the situation.

All St. Charles area school lockdowns have now been cancelled. Francis Howell officials say the man never entered any school buildings.

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