As most parents of children in the Mamaroneck Public Schools know, a still-unidentified man today attempted to enter a side door at Hommocks Middle School, near the pool, and a school employee believed he may have had a gun.
In the aftermath of the Newtown school shooting, the school district was employing an abundance of caution.
Students and parents will be locked out of all school buildings for the remainder of the evening. Home sports games at Mamaroneck High School are cancelled. Police will be present tonight at all school buildings and Friday at the start of the school day.
With helicopters circling overhead and images plastered across the local news, a Fox 5 reporter breathlessly reported that “no threats were made” by the man who told a campus guard he was trying to retrieve a piece of clothing he left at the pool and carried a gun because he works as a security guard.
One Hommocks student told the TV station, “Kids were scared because we didn’t know what was going on.”
Here is the email sent (and the text of a robo-call) to all households in the District.
The letter was send with all capital letters:
THIS IS TO INFORM YOU THAT ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS HAVE GONE INTO LOCK-OUT MODE WITHIN THE PAST HOUR.
JUST A WHILE AGO, A SUSPICIOUS MALE ATTEMPTED TO ENTER THE LOCKED SIDE DOOR OF THE HOMMOCKS POOL ENTRANCE. WHEN ASKED TO PROVIDE HIS ID, THE CAMPUS SUPERVISOR NOTICED THAT HE APPEARED TO BE HOLDING A GUN UNDERNEATH HIS COAT AND ASKED THE INDIVIDUAL IF HE WAS CARRYING A WEAPON. THE INDIVIDUAL RESPONDED THAT HE WORKS IN THE SECURITY FIELD AND ACKNOWLEDGED THAT HE WAS ARMED WITH A GUN.
WHEN TOLD HE COULD NOT REMAIN ON SCHOOL GROUNDS, HE IMMEDIATELY LEFT THE BUILDING. POLICE WERE CALLED AND RESPONDED IMMEDIATELY. AT THIS POINT, THERE IS A POLICE PRESENCE AT ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS.
WE ASK THAT YOU DO NOT COME TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD UNTIL THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY. AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE, WHILE THE POLICE INVESTIGATE, WE ARE CANCELLING ALL AFTERNOON AND EVENING ACTIVITIES AT ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS. WE EXPECT TO HAVE A POLICE PRESENCE AT THE START OF THE DAY TOMORROW.
WE’LL CONTINUE TO KEEP YOU UPDATED ON THE SITUATION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.