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Hunting rifle in car causes lockdown at Jackson Heights

December 10, 2015 — At approximately 2:35 p.m. today, Jackson Heights elementary school entered into lockdown status, while law enforcement officers investigated a sighting of guns in a car parked near the school. Glens Falls Police officers quickly confirmed the guns to be a .22-caliber rifle and a muzzleloader, both used for hunting, and at no time were any students or staff members in danger.

An alert school employee was leaving for the day, noticed the guns in the car, and immediately reported what she saw to the school’s main office. Staff members called 911 and initiated lockdown procedures inside the building. Glens Falls Police officers responded within minutes, and quickly determined there was never any threat to student or staff member safety.

The building lockdown was lifted at approximately 2:50 p.m., and students were dismissed for the day.

“We rely on our school community members to be alert and responsive,” said Superintendent Paul Jenkins, “and this is an example of doing the right thing. Our staff member reported a possible safety concern, students were secured in the building, and authorities investigated. We appreciate the actions of our Jackson Heights staff and the Glens Falls Police Department.”