Schools briefly locked down due to police situation

Southington High School, Flanders Elementary School, Derynoski Elementary School and Plantsville Elementary School were briefly placed into an exterior lockdown on Tuesday, March 25, following a reported disturbance near Bristol Street.

“There was an external threat of a domestic dispute reported to us by the police department that prompted the lockdown,” Southington School Supt. Dr. Joseph Erardi said.

In an email sent out to parents on Wednesday, March 26, Erardi further explained that the high school was placed in lockdown because the incident involved a teenaged young adult and Flanders was locked down due to its proximity to the high school.

The schools were locked down for about 20 minutes as police resolved the issue.

“There was absolutely no danger to our schools at any point during these twenty minutes,” Erardi said in the email to parents.

Erardi also noted that the exterior lockdown was put in place to “err deep on the side of safety.” An all-call voice message was sent out to parents following the lockdown.

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