Intruder call at Central HS a false alarm

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 11:45 a.m., a sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to Central High School to respond to a 911 call from a staff member.

Per dispatch: A call had been received from a staff member that an announcement had been made that there was an intruder in the school, but that was followed with an announcement that it was a false alarm.

A deputy on the scene confirmed to dispatch that the situation was a false alarm.

Many students and staff fled the building when the original announcement was made, a witness said. Staff was notified of the false alarm and brought students back in when it was determined the situation was safe. A sheriff’s deputy on the scene also made an announcement over the public address system that it was a false alarm, the witness said.

Central had a similar incident on Feb. 25. That incident was attributed to an accidental pressing of a panic button by a Central High School staff member.

UPDATE 12:37 p.m. — The school put out a statement via email and automated telephone call to parents at about 12:35 p.m. The phone statement, by Principal Lisa Albrecht, said a student “mistakenly” pressed a teacher’s panic button, triggering the alarm. There was no threat, but students and staff “acted appropriately” by evacuating the building. Students were then called back when this was determined to be a false alarm. “School is operating as normal at this time,” Albrecht said in the call. The email said normal operations were restored within about 15 minutes.

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