Three Amherst schools locked down

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Three Amherst, NS, schools were placed in lockdown Jan. 17.

AMHERST, N.S. —Three Amherst schools are in lockdown.

Amherst Police say the measure was made after a suspicious incident this morning.

"There was some information passed to police that was of concern," deputy chief Ian Naylor said. "But there have been no confirmed incidents of anything. We are just taking precautionary measures."

At about 10 a.m., the Amherst police advised the principal at Amherst Regional High School that someone had reported an individual on Townsend Avenue with what they believe was a weapon, walking towards Willow Street.

As per school board policy, school administration initiated a code blue lockdown at the school and advised school board staff.

As a precaution, code blue lockdowns were initiated for EB Chandler and Spring Street Academy.

The police are searching the area and Amherst Regional High.

As of 11 a.m., Amherst Regional High was still in code blue lockdown. Students are staying in their classrooms as police search inside the school and the area around the school.

The code blue lockdown for EB Chandler and Spring Street Academy is no longer in effect – students are attending classes, but the outside doors remain locked to the public.

During lunch, students at Amherst Regional High will be remaining in the school.

 Students at EB Chandler and Spring Street Academy can leave the school for lunch through the front doors only.

As a precaution, police are at the schools, staff will monitor the main doors during lunch, and a police car will be stationed outside the main doors at both schools.

Organizations: Amherst Police, Street Academy, Amherst Regional High School

Geographic location: Amherst, Townsend Avenue, Willow Street

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