Pelham High School lockdown lifted, no threat found

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PELHAM –– A lockdown at Pelham High School was lifted earlier today after an unidentified juvenile male who entered the school fled the premises, according to a joint update from Chief of Police Anne Periello and School Superintendent Chip McGee.

The incident prompted a swift response from the Pelham Police Department, which immediately took over the investigation.

Officers set up a perimeter search and conducted a canine search outside the school. This action helped dispel any threat, officials said.

By 10:20 a.m., authorities determined it was safe to switch from a lockdown to a “clear hallways” protocol since there was no threat within any of the schools.

The identity of the individual who entered the school was confirmed by the local police department and school administrators by 10:35 a.m.

This allowed the school to resume normal operations indoors.

Police have confirmed that the individual left the area in a vehicle.

The investigation remains open, but there is currently no threat to students or staff. As a precaution, the Pelham Police Department will maintain a visible presence in all schools throughout the day.

During incidents like these, communication is crucial.

The police department and school administrators are urging families and staff to ensure their contact details are accurate in the “School Messenger” system.

The first three text messages sent during the incident were directed to all emergency contacts.

Those with any questions or who need to update their information are asked to contact their school’s front office.

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