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Unruly visitor leads to lockdown at Clackamas River Elementary

Police arrest woman accused of yelling, threatening notes at school.


The Estacada School District went on a Level 1 lockdown for 50 minutes Wednesday, Oct. 21, after Sandy police said a woman entered the Clackamas River Elementary School campus yelling and screaming.

Police said she also left several threatening notes.

A Level 1 lockdown from 1:05-1:55 p.m. meant all exits and classroom doors were secured.

Once school officials had confirmation from police that the woman was in custody, the lockdown was lifted.

Sandy police officers arrested Maria Harrington, an Estacada resident, and transported her to the Clackamas County Jail on accusations of first-degree disorderly conduct. Police said no serious confrontations were reported.

District officials were unable to communicate with parents as quickly as they would have liked because digital servers were down because of a power outage.

Students, however, were sent home with a letter detailing the circumstances.

Scott Sullivan, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment, emphasized the district’s highest priority is keeping students from harm.

“Student safety is our first concern,” he said. “We didn’t release the students until we knew they would be safe.”

Harrington was released from the Clackamas County Jail at 10 a.m. Oct. 22. She was arrested again at 3:46 p.m. Oct. 24 and accused of second-degree disorderly conduct and third-degree criminal mischief for causing a public disturbance in the 300 block of South Broadway Street.

She was transported to the Clackamas County Jail and held on $7,000 bail.