Local schools were put on lockdown after ‘fireworks’ sound

By 
Cassi Geiser - Enterprise Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 20, 2022

At 12:07 p.m. on Tuesday, Livingston Public Schools sent out an alert from Superintendent Lynne Scalia that Washington, Winans, East Side, and Sleeping Giant Middle School went into administrative lockdown.

Police were “checking to see if there was a credible threat after a staff member heard a ‘fireworks’ sound on the Washington playground,” read the alert.

It was advised at that time for parents not to go to or call the school, that more updates were forthcoming.

At 12:43 p.m., another alert was sent to parents that said Park High School students were added to the lockdown as they returned from lunch. The statement noted that all students were safe and that communication would be continued regarding this, again reiterating that parents should not call the school to assist in local law enforcement being able to get through to the school.

Law enforcement checked out the situation and were double checking a nearby construction site to see if the noise might have originated from there, according to Scalia.

At 1:02 p.m. school officials spoke with investigating officers and found that no credible threat had been found.

At 1:40 p.m., according to Scalia, the school district remained locked down while police exhausted their investigations covering all avenues.

Livingston Police Assistant Chief Wayne Hard stated around 1:55 p.m. that they had “determined there was no apparent threat, and to the best of my knowledge the student lockdown is over and pickups will be conducted as normal” for all schools in the district.

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