Three elementary schools in Beatrice were placed on a brief lockout Wednesday morning as police searched for a suspect who fled a traffic stop.

Beatrice Police Lt. Jay Murphy said an unknown male fled a traffic stop at Seventh and Lincoln streets just after 11 a.m. While police searched the area, Paddock Lane, Lincoln and St. Joseph's Catholic schools were placed on lockout.

According to Beatrice Public Schools assistant superintendent Jackie Nielsen, the two BPS schools were placed on lockout from approximately 11:15 a.m. to noon.

“Our first priority was ensuring all students and staff were safely in the building and not allowing any visitors, employees, or parents to enter the building,” she said. “We were in constant contact with Beatrice Police Department to monitor the situation. Our students and staff did an excellent job of being vigilant.”

She added that during a lockout, school is business as usual inside the building, though nobody is allowed to enter or exit the building until school officials are notified there’s no threat.

The suspect was not found as of Wednesday afternoon.

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