Outside threat halts students’ regular schedule

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Yesterday at 2:30 p.m students were surprised by an intercom announcement from Edison Principal Pamela Brumfield ordering that no one should be let in the building and that the building was going into a “secure the school mode.” Additionally, students were to disregard the dismissal bell and wait for a following announcement to be dismissed.

The only reason students received was that there was an outside threat and that no one was to be let in the building.

Photo by Ryan Pinkney
Police car station outside entrance 15 behind Edison.

In some classes the announcement was preceded by a member of the Edison security team frantically shouting in classrooms to close their doors and go in to lockdown. However, this was not the case for the whole school, which created an inconsistency in the school. Some classes sat working on schoolwork while others were in complete lockdown.

Junior Richard Blake said, “It was pretty weird because of how random it was and I wasn’t really scared because I didn’t take it serious; at first I thought it was a drill.”

To the relief of students, the restrictions were lifted before the 2:55 dismissal bell and students left at the regular time. Students received no additional explanation for the cause of the disruption. Parents were notified later that afternoon about the disruption but that email provided no further detail as to what caused the whole building to have to go into a secure mode.

Freshman Britty Smith said, “I was in PE so we just had to stay an extra five minutes before changing. I would have been more concerned if it was a serious threat. I was not scared. I didn’t really have a reason to be.”

 

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