Morning lockdown at West Vine School was triggered by false alarm, police said

Morning lockdown at West Vine School was triggered by false alarm, police said



Editor’s Note: This version clarifies that the alarm was triggered at the school. 

STONINGTON — A Tuesday morning lockdown at the West Vine Street School was accidentally triggered, but provided local responders with an unplanned test for their emergency response.

Stonington Police Capt. Todd Olson said the department was alerted around 9:15 a.m. after a button was accidentally pushed from inside the school’s main office, triggering a full emergency response. The school was placed on lockdown as a precaution, but the lockdown was lifted less than 10 minutes later.

“It was very quickly determined that there was no emergency and the lockdown was lifted,” Olson said.

Olson said in cases such as this, both police and fire personnel respond as quickly as possible, preparing for the worst case scenario. Tuesday’s alarm triggered an unintended drill, Olson said, and both police and Pawcatuck firefighters responded. He said the town would still review response efforts to see whether improvements could be a made.

West Vine Street School Principal Alicia Dawe sent a message to parents shortly after the lockdown to notify them of the incident.

Jason Vallee


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