2012-01-05 / Front Page / School News

Mahopac Middle School Locked Down in Friday Incident

.22-caliber bullet found in building
Eric Gross

A .22 caliber bullet found on the floor of a classroom by a Mahopac Middle School student early Friday caused the "lock-down" of the entire building as well as a "lock-out" of the nearby Mahopac High School and Mahopac Falls Elementary School.

Superintendent of Schools Thomas Manko commended the student for following proper procedures following the discovery: "The individual reported the finding to his teacher who contacted Ira Gurkin, the building principal. Our Putnam Sheriff's Department School Resource Officer was on the scene within minutes. He notified his office about the bullet where a dispatcher immediately contacted Carmel Police. Police personnel with the assistance of a New York State Police dog team searched the middle school and found no other contraband."

In the lock-out of the other schools, classes continued, but no one was permitted to enter the buildings until the all-clear had been given.

Manko called it "unfortunate that the situation occurred," but he quickly expressed his appreciation that the "school's emergency protocols worked as planned. The students, faculty, staff, administrators and police are to be commended for their efforts to ensure a safe learning environment for our children."

The emergency measures were lifted before noon.


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