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Schools on lockdown during hunt for escaped inmate

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Schools in the Shipshewana area were on lockdown for part of the afternoon while officers searched for an escaped inmate

Michael Elliot escaped from a Michigan prison Sunday night.  He took a woman hostage in her car and drove to Indiana.  The woman was able to get help when they stopped at a gas station but Elliot took off in the woman's jeep Cherokee.  The vehicle was found in Shipshewana Monday prompting local schools to go on lockdown.

We spoke with Thad Hart, a teacher at Shipshewana-Scott Elementary School.  He said the school went into lockdown around one in the afternoon.  He also told us when they dismissed the students, they did it one bus at a time, out of just one door, to keep everything under control.  "It's sort of surreal right now.  We had the kids a few extra minutes so had to pull out some of the tricks.  We didn't tell the students what was going on we just said we were practicing a different way to go home tonight.  A little stressful but we'll be fine."

Hart said they also had a big police presence at the school to make sure every student got home safely.
 

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