Glen Rock students respond under lockdown


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Glen Rock students remained calm, demonstrating poise and practice during the lockdown procedure.

UPDATE: As of 3:07 PM, Glen Rock High School is all-clear.  

Glen Rock High School and Middle School were placed under an indefinite lockdown on November 5, 2013, after the Alexander Hamilton Elementary School was allegedly threatened by an anonymous caller, telling everyone “to get out.”  First reports claim that these lockdown measures at the high school are precautionary.

According to local news sources, around 2:00 PM, Academy of Our Lady School in Glen Rock was dismissed. All Glen Rock borough public schools, despite being placed under lockdown, will be dismissed on schedule.

Harristown road, the street on which both the Glen Rock Middle School/High School and Hamilton Elementary School are located, has been closed by police cars, according to images received from parents and townspeople.

According to unconfirmed news sources, police and bomb-sniffing canines were brought in to scrutinize the school, and ensure the safety of its students.

This occurred only mere hours after Lodi High School (in Lodi, New Jersey) was evacuated because of a discrete threat.

“This is really bizarre, especially because of what happened last night,” said Alyssa Lorenz, referencing the Garden State Plaza incident the night prior.

Other students agreed with Alyssa. “It’s kind of creepy how a similar incident just happened a few miles away from our houses, and now this is happening,” said Ariel Shilitz.

“After the events over the past few days, it just makes me think even more that politicians and gun lobbyists should really be reevaluating the current situation of gun-control laws,” said a Glen Rock High School student.

Junior Frank Connor shed some light on the long-term effects of such occurrences. “The greatest effects of these events will occur in the coming days and weeks as people abandon rational thoughts and arguments, in favor of emotionally-fueled anti-gun rhetoric, which infringe on our liberties.”

Although precautionary, this event has drawn Glen Rock student attention to the issue.

According to school officials, all after-school activities will resume as scheduled at the end of the day.