Worried parents gather at Hutch Tech during lockdown

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Hutchinson Central Technical High School was in lockdown Monday morning. Buffalo Police say the school was in lockdown after an apparent bomb threat. The situation lasted from about 10 a.m. until noon.

Police say there is a person being questioned about the incident Monday afternoon.

Parents outside of Hutch Tech

News 4 was on the scene, where worried parents gathered outside of the school. Many parents said that they had trouble getting information about the situation. One woman said she found out about it on Facebook and couldn’t get any information from the school district or police department, so she went to the school.

A mother said, “It is the unknown that makes you nervous and scared, you have to come down here and wait outside the building because you feel better being closer to your child than sitting at home waiting for somebody else.”

Student Jaynah Lewis was in class when the situation unfolded.

“Mr. Samaro came out on the loudspeaker and said lockdown, lockdown. So we all got in the corner and sat there for about two hours,” she said.

“All the classrooms had to lock the door and students had to sit on the floor out of view of the window and just be quiet,” said student Donte Gibson.

Parents were upset they were not notified about the situation by phone or e-mail. But others were more understanding.

Donna Lewis said, “I would have appreciated it but you don’t want that type of chaos outside the building when you are trying to control a situation inside the building. So there again you have to prioritize and safety being the first priority of the children.”

Monday afternoon, Buffalo Schools released a statement about the incident saying a threat on social media prompted protocols in which students were sheltered in place. According to the statement, police conducted a full search of the building before it was declared clear.

The school day continued as scheduled after the lockdown was lifted.

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