East Antigonish Education Centre enters lockdown

MONASTERY: East Antigonish Education Centre was placed in a lockdown for approximately 50 minutes last week.

Deanna Gillis, coordinator of communications for the Strait regional centre for education (SRCE) confirmed the lockdown on March 26 with The Reporter.

As a result, school administration sent communications to parents advising the Code Blue was implemented in accordance with their School Emergency Management Plan, following a behavioural incident involving a student in the afternoon.

In his letter, principal Richard Britten advised as a precaution, that 911 was contacted and the local RCMP responded to the school.

“Antigonish District RCMP was called at 1:31 p.m. on March 26 to assist the school due to a disturbance,” said RCMP Public Information Officer Jennifer Clarke. “Police are not pursuing charges as a result of the disturbance.”

Britten explained a lockdown is a procedure taken in response to an act or safety concern inside the school. During a lockdown, classroom doors are locked, students remain inside the room until instructed to resume activities, and access to the building is restricted.

After the nearly hour-long lockdown, normal operations resumed for the remainder of the school day.

“The students and staff should be commended for their excellent cooperation during this situation,” Britten said, ending his letter. “If students feel they need to further discuss the situation, please contact our Guidance Counsellor or school administration.”