Planned Lockdowns at High School, Ottoson on Friday Morning

The schools requested a search using police dogs at each building, according to Arlington Police Capt. Rich Flynn.

Editor's note: Article updated at 12:44 p.m. on Friday.

Arlington High School and Ottoson Middle School were locked down on Friday morning while police searched each building with K-9 units, Arlington Police Capt. Rich Flynn said.

Each search was a planned lockdown based on requests from the schools to search those buildings, Flynn said.

"Those were planned events, nothing to be frightened about and everything turned out just fine," he said.

Arlington High School interim principal Mary Villano said that the school runs a practice lockdown every year and Friday's served as this year's practice run. The K-9 units and officers from other communities get a chance to familiarize themselves with the building in case of an actual emergency.

"We’re not looking for anything in particular, nothing has come up that we think we need to look for … just kind of a routine experience," Villano said.

Flynn said no items were confiscated during the search and police are waiting to receive reports back from the dog handlers.

"Everything went off without incident," he said.

l. klaczyk November 17, 2012 at 12:13 PM
The "powers that be" might have been aware this was a "planned drill" but that didn't help calm the anxiety of some parents who'd heard from their kids "AHS is on lockdown". Seems to me the District could've easily sent a robo-call to parents saying something like "the middle and high schools are having a planned lockdown drill" while the drills were taking place. If the robo-call and the drills were to happen simultaneously there'd be no chance of anyone "sabotaging" the drills.
A resident November 17, 2012 at 07:08 PM
The real issue here is that students should NOT be texting during school hours. Fire drills have been happening since the beginning of time, this is no different. The texting is what's inappropriate.
Stephanie November 19, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Does anyone else but me get sick and tired of all the complaints about anything and everything. I'm sure the "powers to be" knew what they were doing. That's their job. I am sure that if there was some sort of disaster happening, all parents would have been notified. I agree with "a resident". What are phones doing in the classroom??? The kids are there to learn. Does anyone really think those phones aren't being used by the students while a teacher is trying to do their job, and teach??? Parents were anxious ???? I think we need to let the "powers-to-be" do their job, and trust their judgment. I am sure none of the students suffered psychological damage as a result of this....in fact, they probably enjoyed the time away from the classroom while this was going on. It isn't like they're not used to drills. It's some parents who really need to get a grip !!!
gregg michael rapp November 28, 2012 at 02:47 AM
good one
Duds November 30, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Then why did the principal say "not looking for anything"....."just kind of a routine experience"? If she had said we are looking for drugs and booze that the kids may have hidden...I'd buy that. I just don't understand the need for deception. Guess I'm just an illiterate "wingnut" townie eh?


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