ORR put on lockdown following threat
By Georgia Sparling | Apr 14, 2016
MATTAPOISETT — A threat made via the Internet had Old Rochester Regional Junior High and High School on lockdown for about an hour this afternoon.
Police from all three towns responded to the school around noon, after ORR apparently received a report that there was a gunman on school grounds.
Sgt. Small of the Rochester Police Department was stationed at the main entrance to the school on Route 6 said it was not known if the threat was a hoax or not.
Several cars stopped along Route 6 as police officers secured the school.
“They were told to stay in place. They’re under the desks,” reported David Lizotte, a parent who was in communication with his high school-aged daughter.
He and his wife stood on Route 6 as they waited for more information on the situation. Lizotte said he has a son in the junior high as well, but he had only received a text from his daughter.
“As soon as it happened, I got a text from her. We wanted to come down right away,” he said.
A number of officers were already at the school for an anti-drunk driving presentation when the threat came in.
During the approximate hour that the school was on lockdown, officers with high powered firearms were stationed at all doors. Around 1 p.m., the all clear was given and officers were told they could leave their posts at the school entrances.
The school was one of several dozen in the state that received a threat today.
More information about the incident will be released at a press conference to be held outside the Mattapoisett Police Department at 4 p.m. today.
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