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January 23, 2014

Parents upset with potential threat at Pinkerton

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He said no discussion of lockdown protocol was warranted in this instance.

But some parents questioned that response, particularly given there was a school shooting last week at a middle school in Roswell, N.M.

“Are you kidding me? My daughter did tell me a student was handcuffed, but had no clue why,” Stephanie Tsepas wrote on Facebook. “Sad that we as Pinkerton parents had to find out about this on Facebook!”

Kim Witkum echoed that reaction.

“And as a parent of a student there, why am I hearing about this on Facebook and not from the school?” she wrote.

Some people thought the school’s response was appropriate.

“Better to be safe then sorry,” Joseph Ferland wrote. “(The) general public will find something to complain about either way. I’m glad it was looked into, regardless.”

Many also said Pinkerton didn’t release the information about what happened in a timely fashion. Many parents received email notices the following day and the school posted a message on its website, also the day after the incident.

“I”m upset a call was not made,” Andrea Crowell wrote. “They have the ability to make mass calls and a situation like this warranted it.”

School staff members are always concerned when there is any report a student might have a weapon, Underhill said.

Because the information was found not to be credible, he said, no further steps were necessary.

Headmaster Mary Anderson said the school is always working to make safety better for students and the Pinkerton community.

“We continually evaluate events and situations and we regularly enhance our safety and communication procedures as a result,” she said. “The incident was managed according to our well-defined safety protocol, however, each situation has unique circumstances which are individually assessed. That assessment and other safety considerations are confidential in the interests of protecting our students.”

Thomas said the school did it right.

“It was handled exactly the way it should have been handled,” he said.

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