Dad holds teacher hostage inside California classroom

Students outside Castle View Elementary School. CBS Newspath image

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP/WNCN) — Police say a man who is holding a teacher hostage inside a Southern California elementary school assaulted another staff member who tried to make him sign in at the school office.

Riverside Police officer Ryan Railsback says the man was still holding the teacher hostage inside the Castle View Elementary School more than four hours after he first entered the school.

He says the attempt to stop the man came at the school’s front office.

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Railsback says the man was a parent of a child at the school and was holding a female teacher hostage inside a classroom. It isn’t known if he has a weapon.

He says it wasn’t clear if the main entered a classroom where the teacher was or if he forced her into the classroom.

School spokeswoman Justin Grayson says there were no students in the classroom at the time.

Railsback says officers had been first called to the school for a disturbance and when they arrived, they found the parent barricaded inside a classroom.

The Riverside Unified School District says on Facebook Tuesday afternoon that all students at Castle View Elementary have been evacuated and are being reunited with their parents.

Railsback says the parent “was upset” but police don’t know why. He says police want to resolve the situation as safely as possible.

School officials say police are “actively working to resolve the situation.”

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