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Apr. 19, 2019 | Friday
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Private family matter causes brief lockdown at Crossroads on Wednesday
Crossroads Public School was under lockdown for 45 minutes on Wednesday

Crossroads Public School was under lockdown for 45 minutes on April 3. Niagara Regional Police were on scene Wednesday afternoon in response to a private matter regarding one of the families of the school.

Brett Sweeney, communications officer for the District School Board of Niagara, said the lockdown was brief, from approximately 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

“For about an hour, and then after that the school was able to lift the lockdown and school resumed its normal activities for the day without any disruptions,” he said, adding that school operations went quickly back to normal.

Lauren Davidson, a Grade 7 student in class at Crossroads during the lockdown, said an announcement came over the speaker informing students and faculty that the school was under lockdown and no one was to leave the classroom.

“We just kind of sat there for half an hour not knowing what was happening. Half an hour later they said we were still in a lockdown and just a reminder to stay in our classrooms. Then after that, a few minutes later, we were not in lockdown anymore,” Davidson said.

She said the school has conducted lockdown drills in the past, so the students knew to remain in their classroom.

There was no information given about the lockdown while it was taking place, she said, adding that her teacher didn’t have his cell phone so he couldn’t communicate with the office.

An information sheet went home with students at the end of the day stating that vice-principal Jodi Gates initiated the lockdown as a proactive measure to support student safety. While Gates couldn’t release information about why police were called to the school, she said in the notice that families are encouraged to call the school with any questions or concerns regarding policies in place for student safety.

“I would like to assure you that students were safe at all times,” Gates said in the notice.

The Lake Report has reached out to the NRP but haven’t received a response on the matter by press on Wednesday.

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