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Parents satisfied with 'code yellow' reaction at Hendricks Elementary

7:55 PM, Mar 4, 2013   |    comments
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31-year-old Zabi Ullah Jalili was arrested after causing a 'code yellow' at Hendricks Elementary

JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- A scare at Hendricks Elementary put the school in a 'code yellow' Thursday-that's when an intruder has been detected on campus. Many parents were relieved to hear of an arrest and are applauding the school's quick response.

"They called me on my phone during the day and reported that there was a yellow alert and that there was a suspicious man at the school and everything went smoothly, the police came and got him out of there," said Rick Adams, a parent.

On Thursday Hendricks Elementary went into a code yellow lockdown when 31-year-old Zabi Jalili was allegedly walking back and forth on school grounds near the playground with a sharp plexiglass shaped like a knife.

The police report says a third grade teacher was at recess with a class of 31 students when the suspect began walking toward her and the children. The report says she distracted him into walking to the front of the school where he told another witness his name and that he was crazy - moments later officers arrived and arrested him. 

"I was even 100 percent it was real because of the calm demeanor everyone had, there was no one walking in the hallways, everyone was a in a secure situation," Lori Lunitz, parent.

Lunitz has a a third grader at Hendricks elementary and says she is also a substitute teacher there. She says she was present during the incident and is proud at the way the school handled it.

"We are aware that it is a very large open campus and we're doing everything that we can," said Lunitz.

The code yellow lasted about 20 minutes. Some parents didn't know exactly what happened, but Rick Adams' fourth grader told her dad she felt safe in her classroom. 

"Well our teacher told us it was a code yellow so we didn't exit the room and everything was fine," said Jade Adams, a fourth grader at Hendricks Elementary.

Officers were able to obtain a translator through the National Crime Information Center to communicate with the suspect in Farsi. He allegedly told officers he was from Kabul and had taken an unknown amount of pills. He is expected to be in court on March 21st.

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