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Lockdown Lifted at Andrew Avenue School [Updated]

Police say the school was placed on lockdown as a precaution.

We updated this story here on Wednesday night.  


Update at 10:02 a.m. March 13:

The precautionary lockdown at Andrew Avenue School has been lifted, according to police.

In a statement just released, Lt. Bryan Cammarata, a Naugatuck Police Spokesman, reinforced that there was no threat to the school itself. The lockdown was precautionary in nature, given the school's proximity to the area where the reported gunfire came from — the nearby woods.

Police will maintain a presence at the elementary school for the remainder of the day, Cammarata said.

The original report follows:

Andrew Avenue School in Naugatuck is in lockdown this morning after police received calls reporting gunfire in the area.

Lt. Bryan Cammarata, a Naugatuck Police Spokesman, said a sweep of the elementary school building and school grounds has been completed and that no shooter was found. The school is still in lockdown as of 9:45 a.m., he said.

The school is located at the base of Andrew Mountain, a wooded area that Cammarata said is frequented by hunters. Police are looking into that as a possible explanation for the gunfire.

The first report of gun shots came in at 8:55 a.m., Cammarata said.

A police officer will remain at the school for the rest of the day as a precaution.

Naugatuck Patch will update this article as more information becomes available.

Voice Of Reason March 14, 2013 at 05:56 PM
I'd be concerned to ,but to a certain point. At what point do you feel it would be appropriate or at what length of time is appropriate for the BRICK WALL (aka BOE) to investigate ,come to some sort of description of the issue that happened,prepare a statement without spreading mass hysteria to the parents that have children in the school? Should they immediately email everyone shots fired Andrew Avenue area? I mean seriously it would be irresponsible for the Brick Wall to act without investigating from reliable sources first as long as there isn't or wasn't eminent danger to the children! Then inform the parents even if it was two hours later! You're over reacting IMO. Especially now that everyone knows it was Town Employees OR should I say our tax dollars at work causing MORE wasted tax dollars! But hey after all this is Naugatuck we are talking about here!
Paul Singley March 14, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Naugatuck school security director answers parents who question why they were not notified of the lockdown immediately http://naugatuck.patch.com/articles/naugatuck-security-director-explains-parent-notification-process
Colleen March 14, 2013 at 06:27 PM
I think it is appropriate that parents of children in the school are notified about lockdowns that are not standard drills prior to or at the same time as the media. Emergency notifications take less than 5 minutes to craft and disseminate. Does not seem like much to ask in the wake of Newtown. Seeing it randomly on the Patch and not having received any information from the school regarding the issue is quite unsettling and certainly does not give me a sense of my children being secure.
Colleen March 14, 2013 at 07:23 PM
I think it is appropriate that parents of children in the school are notified about lockdowns that are not standard drills prior to or at the same time as the media. Emergency notifications take less than 5 minutes to craft and disseminate. Does not seem like much to ask in the wake of Newtown. Seeing it randomly on the Patch and not having received any information from the school regarding the issue is quite unsettling and certainly does not give me a sense of my children being secure.
Voice Of Reason March 15, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Colleen since the Newtown incident this is a very sensitive issue and I have yet read the article on Lockdown procedure and posting this comment but inclined to respond. I believe that it would be irresponsible of the Security Director (who even knew we had one good lord) to send out a Email stating a school is on lock down with no reason as to why! Imagine the phone calls they would have to field as to why it's on lockdown! I say that because should he put in the reason as to why in this case, SHOTS FIRED with NO explanation ? Imagine the hysteria ! I'd imagine for this particular incident that the Security Director would want a detailed explanation so it didn't bring worry and bring serious concern to parents. Were they a little behind in notification? Perhaps but better to have details on this incident in these very sensitive times with Shots Fired in a school zone. Just my opinion

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