DERRY — The more than 3,000 students at Pinkerton Academy were told to shelter in place last Friday afternoon after the high school sent out a notice saying it was "out of an abundance of caution," and that the traditional afternoon Mack Plaque pep rally was cancelled.

A brief notice, sent at approximately 1:29 p.m. stated that students were to shelter in place and that the afternoon rally to kick off the annual Mack Plaque weekend would not happen.

The Pinkerton Academy administration, along with the Derry Police Department, became aware of inappropriate comments made by a student right before the pep rally, an additional school statement said.

"At that time, we decided to put the school in a stay in place. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution. It was lifted after the comments were investigated and deemed not credible," the statement continued.

The Mack Plaque is a longstanding fall athletic tradition between Pinkerton and Londonderry High. The schools' teams play a full schedule of sporting events, including football, soccer, field hockey and golf this Friday and Saturday. The school with the most wins in all sports combined earns the trophy.

Social media and the Bringing Derry Together page on Facebook lit up with comments and concerns from family members and parents once the first notice was released.

By 2 p.m. the shelter in place was lifted and students were being dismissed at regular times.

All Pinkerton Academy events Friday night and through the weekend went on as scheduled.

Pinkerton said the administration remained in communication with students, parents/guardians, sending town superintendents and the Pinkerton Board of Trustees throughout the entire stay in place through the school's Alert System.

"The safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our school is Pinkerton Academy’s number one priority," Pinkerton's statement said Friday.

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