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Level 2 lockdown for Green Bay schools on east side

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GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Things got real at Green Bay schools. 

Only hours after talking about holding lockdown drills at Green Bay schools, eight schools in the east quadrant of the district went into level 2 lockdown at 2:05 p.m. Monday. 

Manager of School & Community Relations Amanda Brooker says police informed them of a man with a knife that was on the loose in the area.

It was lifted 45 minutes later afte the man was arrested. 

Students were confined to classrooms while lessons continued and no one was let in or out of the buildings during the lockdown. 

Parents were left waiting outside as they waited to pick up their kids from school. 

Lockdown drills are still planned for later this week at all schools.

Brooker says this was also the first use of their new automated phone and email message system. 

After the initial lockdown order, staff prepared a message and the system started dialing and sending messages out about five minutes later.  The system contacted more than five-thousand affected parents.   Brooker says that process took about 20 minutes or less to reach everyone. 

Brooker says normally they would post a message on social media, but everything moved so fast they didn’t get to it.   

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