The campuses of South Fortuna Elementary School and Toddy Thomas Middle School were briefly placed on lockdown today due to the behavior of an unnamed employee.

Becky Giacomini, assistant superintendent of the Fortuna Elementary School District, said the lockdowns occurred “because we were having a situation with an employee,” but she would not disclose the details of the situation or the identity of the employee. She said the employee “was having a rough day.”

The Fortuna Police Department is aware of the situation, she added, and the problematic employee, who was at South Fortuna Elementary but is not a teacher, is no longer on campus. 

Toddy Thomas, meanwhile, was placed on partial lockdown because the principal was responding to the situation across town at South Fortuna Elementary, according to Giacomini. The lockdown for both schools has been lifted.