Possible allergic reaction prompts lockdown at West High School
March 27, 2012 at 4:04 p.m.
Updated March 27, 2012 at 10:28 p.m.
Victoria West High School went into lockdown at 3 p.m. Tuesday after a 17-year-old student had a possible allergic reaction to medication.
Principal Debbie Crick said the lockdown was intended to give the student privacy as a medical team investigated her illness.
"There is no threat," Crick said over the school intercom. "We are protecting the privacy of one of our students."
Lockdowns are typical when EMS arrives to a school, said Diane Boyett, VISD's communications director.
Besides giving students privacy, the lockdown allows paramedics to work without the distraction of others, Boyett said.
Senior patrol officer Jason Sager, of the Victoria Police Department, said the girl's parents were contacted, and she was taken to DeTar Hospital North.
Police and paramedics responded to the call at 2:37 p.m. The lockdown was lifted after four minutes, Boyett said.