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Los Encinos Elementary Locked Down Two Days in a Row

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For the second time in two days, Los Encinos Elementary was placed on lockdown Wednesday, this time following a district police chase.

On Tuesday, there were reports of a suspicious person on the campus. So for two days in a row, students took cover under their desks as the classrooms were put on lockdown.

"We flipped over desks and blocked off everything," student Pete Hurtado said. "Closed doors and covered windows."

Los Encinos Principal Christine Sierra said that someone had called the school on Tuesday, saying that a suspicious man was inside the cafeteria.

"We immediately issued a lockdown on campus," Sierra said. "Less than two minutes, and it was determined there wasn't an unidentified male on campus."

The lockdown was lifted after Corpus Christi Independent School District officers made a sweep of the area and determined students were not in danger.

Then, at around 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sierra called police after she saw a car driving erratically on school property. She said the car took out a wooden post and weaved in and out of the playground area. The tire tracks they left behind before speeding away were still visible Wednesday evening.

A parent watched from her car as the whole thing unfolded.

"I thought it was a parent going mad or something, just zooming," J. Vasquez said. "It was crazy."

Thankfully, recess was over and the playground area was empty. Police pursued the car, which was eventually found at the Christi Estates Apartment Complex on Holly and Weber.

According to police, the driver of that vehicle, 41-year old Robert Franco, faces a felony charge for running from the police and a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. Police said his passenger, 28-year old George Padron, was taken in for public intoxication.

Students were sent home with a letter informing parents of what happened.

"It's always better to be safe than sorry," parent Nora Flores said. "There's no such thing as over-reacting."

Principal Sierra said the two lockdowns were good practice for the kids, in case anything more serious were to happen.