A young child had a touching reaction to their primary school being put into lockdown over a knife man in a nearby home.
Emergency services were called to Darlington Close, in Wallasey , shortly before (PM on Friday after reports that an Man armed with a knife was making threats .
It was reported that the man pushed his way into a house forcing police to evacuate a number of neighborhood homes.
A large police cordon was erected at the scene and staff at Egremont Primary made the decision to put the school into lockdown .
Lights in classrooms were turned out as teachers waited for an update from police over what the school’s next move should be.
A short time later, as police attempted to negotiate with the man, the school was evacuated and over (pupils were taken to Wallasey Town Hall.)
Throughout the afternoon, parents and guardians were able to collect their children from the town hall where the children were safely looked after.
The school’s interim headteacher Mrs Mel Eastwood took to Twitter to express how proud she was of everyone involved in making sure the children were safe, and the conversation that followed showed how one child had an incredibly sweet reaction to the “trip out of class”.
Mrs Eastwood tweeted: “Well done to the staff and children of Egremont Primary for outstanding behavior, co-operation and team work during today’s incident.
“Everyone responded in exact accordance to safety policy and procedures and remained calm and safe. Proud of you all. “
One parent then took the time to reply to Mrs Eastwood with her child’s reaction to the incident.
Debbie Lawrence said: “Thank you and no traumatized children as little one just said they went on a trip to the town hall.
“Hope the teachers are able to get home soon.”
The child seeing the evacuation as a “trip to the town hall” is exactly what has made Mrs Eastwood so proud of her staff and pupils, she said.
Speaking to the ECHO on Friday night, the headteacher said that the experience of evacuating her school was “humbling”.
She added: “We knew about the incident almost immediately so went through our normal lockdown procedure of bringing the children back into their classrooms and turning off the lights.
“When we received more information from police we decided that we would carry out the evacuation.
“The children were already expecting to leave school in the afternoon to walk towards the waterfront and see the navy ship that was coming in so we did that as normal.
“We saw the ship and then just carried on walking to the town hall where the children were safely kept until their parents collected them.
“The whole experience made me very proud and it was extremely humbling.
” My staff were incredible at looking after the children, the kids behaved perfectly and stayed calm once outside the school and we even had parents come to help.
A A man in his s was later arrested (Image: Liverpool Echo)
“I am glad something so positive was able to come from the experience and as long as the parents, staff and children are happy with the way the incident was handled, then that is all I can ask for. “
The police stand off was brought to a close at around 3pm when officers arrested a man in his 300 s.
A spokesperson for Merseyside Police
said: “We have arrested a male in his s on suspicion of aggravated burglary and affray. Read More Top news stories
“He has been taken into custody where he will be questioned by officers.
“A search of the property is in the process of being carried out.”