November 17, 2015 — Glens Falls Middle and High Schools were put into lockdown for approximately 10 minutes today, after an alert student reported a suspicious situation off campus.
Just before 11 a.m., the student had parked away from the High School and was returning to campus when he noticed two individuals by another parked car with what appeared to be a shotgun in the open trunk. The student immediately went to the main office to report what he saw, police were called, and the buildings were placed into lockdown. Within minutes, Glens Falls Police Officers confirmed that there had never been any threat, and the hunting enthusiasts had simply made a poor decision in cleaning the shotgun within relatively close proximity to a school zone.
“This is exactly what we want our students to do—speak up when something doesn’t feel right,” said Superintendent Paul Jenkins. “I’m proud of this student for doing the right thing and going straight to a principal.”
During a lockdown, all students and staff shelter inside their locked classrooms until released by an administrator. Today’s lockdown was lifted at approximately 11:05 a.m., and students continued with their normal school day. “Our staff members and students followed our safety plan very well today,” Mr. Jenkins said.
Glens Falls Police Department says no charges can be filed against the individuals, since no laws were being broken, and they were never on or next to school grounds.
“We’ve said in the past that it is important for students and adults alike to responsibly inform school personnel of any safety concerns, which happened today,” said Mr. Jenkins. “I appreciate the quick thinking of our student, and the immediate response of the Glens Falls Police Department to investigate.”