Police Manage Lockdown At Teaticket School
By: SAM HOUGHTON, May 30, 2014
Police placed a modified lockdown on Teaticket Elementary School on Maravista Avenue Extension this morning, May 30, after a report of someone allegedly carrying a weapon on school grounds.
School officials said that beginning at 8:30 AM they worked with police to secure the grounds and children were safely escorted into the school.
Before the school opened, a resident in the area reported that they saw someone carrying a weapon. As a safety precaution, police placed the school on lockdown, school officials said.
Police have yet to identify the person carrying the alleged weapon and have not released what type of weapon that person might have had.
At 9:30 AM, one unmarked and manned cruiser was in the front parking lot of the school and another officer patrolled the area on foot. Some of the school’s newly installed lockdown shades covered windows.
An officer said that the students remained in the building and police did not allow anyone on the school grounds.
Other cruisers could be seen patrolling side roads in the Teaticket neighborhood.
At 9:47, Falmouth Public Schools Superintendent Bonny L. Gifford sent the following e-mail message to the Enterprise that had also been sent to parents and others in the region:
“Good morning, this is Dr. Gifford calling to provide information regarding the Teaticket School. During the opening of school, a parent reported seeing a non-authorized individual, allegedly carrying a weapon on school grounds, generating safety concern. This report was made to a [Teaticket] staff member. My office was notified and the building was placed into a modified lockdown. As an additional precautionary measure, buses were temporarily rerouted while awaiting police presence and clearance. Once schools grounds were declared safe, buses returned to Teaticket and students received a police escort into the building. Police presence will remain on site and the building has returned to normal operation.”