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East Providence Police issue statement on high school threat

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Photos by Rich Dionne
A student and two adults walk from East Providence High School after the school was locked down due to a possible weapon threat on Tuesday. According to a parent at the scene, police told parents and family members that they could go into the school in pairs and take their children out of the school or elect to have them finish out the day.

Parents wait in front of East Providence High School after the school was locked down due to a possible weapon threat on Tuesday afternoon.

According to parents at the scene, parents and family members were addressed by police and told that they could go into the school in pairs and take their children out of the school or elect to have them stay and finish out the day.

EAST PROVIDENCE — East Providence Police Department Lt. Raymond Blinn issued a statement on the “Code Red” alert issued earlier Tuesday, Dec. 18, at East Providence High School.

The statement reads: “East Providence High School officials and the School Resource Officer (SRO) were alerted by a student to a suspicious incident that the student witnessed.

“East Providence Police personnel were summoned to the school and based on the nature of the suspicious incident, the school was placed in a lockdown. This was quickly and effectively done by school officials, and within minutes, the students were secure and officers were inside the school.

“Subsequent investigation did show video footage consistent with what the student had originally reported. However, upon further investigation and all involved persons spoken to, it was determined that there was no threat.

“While many concerned parents called and tried to respond to the school, they were directed to stage at the Shaw’s Plaza across the street where East Providence Police personnel had set up a staging area. It is important for parents to understand that in a lockdown situation, such as the one that occurred today, that the lockdown is done to protect their children from harm.

“While the East Providence Police Department, in cooperation with the East Providence School Department, are in the process of reviewing and updating school safety and security procedures, citizens should take comfort in the fact that this lockdown was extremely effective. The rapid action taken by school officials, students, and law enforcement, was critical and effective.”

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