Williston Central School on heightened alert2/12/09

School put in lockdown last week

Feb. 12, 2009

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

Williston Central School went into a lockdown last Wednesday and remained on alert this week after receiving reports that a family matter may endanger a student.

School Principal Jackie Parks said it was a precaution the school took to protect the student.

“It was a situation involving one of our students that could have spilled into the school,” Parks said, adding the school went into a lockdown mode beginning around mid-morning.

Doors were locked all around the school, as they normally are, along with the front doors, Parks said. Staff members let people into the school through the front doors and students were kept in from recess. Parks said students probably would have remained indoors for recess anyway due to the day’s frigid temperatures.

Parks also said police were aware of the lockdown, but were not a presence on the campus.

The Observer was unable to speak with the police officers involved with the case before press deadline.

District Principal Walter Nardelli declined to go into details about the family dispute, only saying that the incident revolved around a “relation to the student.” Nardelli said police believe the relative is no longer in the area and poses no threat, but since the person can’t be located, the school is being cautious this week.

While not calling it a full lockdown, Nardelli said the front doors are being locked this week after the last bus has dropped off students. A staff member will be on hand in the lobby to let people in.

Nardelli said there was no danger to the student body and he expects everything to return to normal by the end of the week.