Govalle Elementary shelters after playground incident

Govalle Elementary School

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A death of a woman on the playground prompted Austin Independent School District officials to order a reverse evacuation and shelter-in-place at Govalle Elementary School Friday morning. For several hours, students were not allowed to go outside the school, but school went on as normal.

According to AISD Police Chief Eric Mendez, a teacher arrived at the school at 8 a.m. and spotted the body on the playground. The woman in her 30s apparently hanged herself. School staff were available during the morning drop-off to talk to concerned parents.

Mary Guerra has a grandson in the school. She said she panicked when she heard there was trouble at the school and came as soon as she could.

“I was going to take him out of school, but they told me ‘No classes are back to normal, everything is fine,’ and I was like ‘I hope so,” Guerra said.

With such a strong police presence, some students started asking question.

“Campus staff, the teachers, everyone is working to make sure the students understand that they are safe, it’s not a concern for them it’s just something that happened outside and that’s why there is a presence,” said Eric Mendez, AISD Chief of Police.

It offered some reassurance for the kids and the adults as well.

“I think they’re doing a great job, they’re really concerned about the children and they really take good care of them, they reall are very protective,” Guerra said.

The shelter-in-place was lifted by 10:30 a.m.

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