UPDATE: Weston High School Placed Under Temporary Lockdown

The school announced the lockdown Wednesday afternoon.

Update, 8:37 p.m.

Dr. Colleen Palmer, superintendent of schools, sent out the following message Wednesday evening:

As you are aware, the Weston High School community went into lockdown, and the building was subsequently evacuated earlier today. This action was taken in response to a threat directed at our staff and students. No specific student or staff member was identified in the threat. However, in consultation with the Chief of Police, the Weston Police Department authorized the lockdown as a precautionary measure to ensure everyone’s safety.

Staff assisted with the evacuation of our students in an orderly fashion to the intermediate and middle schools.  Staff took attendance and dismissed students to their appropriate buses and student drivers to their cars. The police completed a thorough search and the building has been deemed safe for students to return. School will be in session tomorrow and operate on a normal schedule for all students.

We commend our students and staff at all of the schools for their cooperation.

Update, 3:50 p.m.

Kate Goldberg, a senior at Weston High School, recounted her experience during the lockdown.

"I was terrified," she said. "We were all sitting in our classroom, and an announcement came over that said, 'We are on lockdown, this is not a drill.'"

View Goldberg's video account of the Weston High School lockdown.

Goldberg said her math teacher gathered everyone in the corner of the classroom and said if it was a real threat, he would break the window and they'd all jump out.

She eventually started to talk to people outside of school via text message, and realized the threat had subsided. 

Goldberg, a cheerleader, said she was disappointed practice was canceled today.


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Update, 2:24 p.m.

The school sent out its second update regarding the lockdown at Weston High School Wednesday afternoon:

Out of an abundance of caution, Weston High School is currently evacuating all students in an orderly fashion under the supervision of the Weston Police Department due to an unconfirmed threat.  Students are being evacuated to Weston Middle School and Weston Intermediate School. The high school evacuation will allow the Weston Police Department to search the entire building. 

  • Buses will depart for high school students only at approximately 2:00 p.m.  Buses will be staged in front of WIS and WMS.  Student drivers will be escorted to parking lots from either WIS or WMS, and every car will be searched by police before releasing student drivers one by one.
  • Buses will return to campus for the next bus tier for WMS students only – this will delay dismissal time to approximately 2:45 p.m.
  • Buses will then again return to campus for a third tier today at WIS and HES – this will delay dismissal time to approximately 3:30 p.m.
  • All after-school activities have been canceled.
  • The Weston Police Department has asked that all high school students take the bus home this afternoon and that parents not personally pick up their student to keep the front of the high school clear from traffic. 
  • Parents may pick up their child at dismissal time at HES, WIS, and WMS for these schools only.

 We will update you with dismissal times as we manage the flow of buses. 

Original article:

Weston High School is temprorarily locked down, according to an email blast sent out from the school Wednesday afternoon.

"As a precautionary measure Weston High School has been placed in a temporary lockdown in response to an unconfirmed threat," the email blast reads. "The other three schools are not in lockdown."

Check back for updates, which will be posted as soon as they're available.

—Chris Rueli contributed to this report. 

john b February 27, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Great reporting. why not wait until you have actual facts before panicking people. temporary lockdown on unconfirmed threat? so is it still locked down? was the threat confirmed? what was the threat? "somethings happening but we don't know what it is........"
Tiffany Davidson February 27, 2013 at 06:38 PM
What he said.
Lisa Bigelow February 27, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Actually John, Patch is reporting exactly as the incident was reported to parents. The school warning system sent out a text, email and phone message stating an "unidentified threat" caused the lockdown. The schools are now being evacuated, students escorted to the parking lot, etc. One hopes that the school and police will reveal further detail as the afternoon progresses.
Lisa Bigelow February 27, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Correction: The HIGH SCHOOL ONLY is currently being evacuated. It has not gone to the other schools as of 1:41pm. My apologies for any confusion. Lisa
john b February 27, 2013 at 06:49 PM
exactly lisa, my point is that its really not a report, there's no real news other than unconfirmed rumors. Why not wait until there's actually something to report?
Tiffany Davidson February 27, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Lisa, thanks for the follow up. I think the issue is that the lockdown is announced and then we are left sitting around wondering what is happening. I don't have a child in HS but would be quote panic struck if I did. How do parents know what is going on? Do we all drive over en masse?
Lisa Bigelow February 27, 2013 at 06:52 PM
because not everyone has a kid at weston high and not every whs parent is on the telephone/text/email warning system. the nature of breaking news is such that information is not always immediately available. nevertheless, people have a right to know what's going on.
Tiffany Davidson February 27, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Quite panic stricken ;)
Lisa Bigelow February 27, 2013 at 06:53 PM
agreed Tiffany, why isn't the school following up? If it weren't for my son (who was locked in a main office file closet) I wouldn't even know about the evacuation. I can only assume it's a bit chaotic over there.
john b February 27, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Why? I don't agree, the people that need to know do and the ones that do know aren't telling. As Tiffany mentioned, all rumors do is fuel the imagination and in light of current events, the imagination doesn't go to good places. So, as a reporter, one should get all the facts, make sure they are correct, then release the story.
Tiffany Davidson February 27, 2013 at 06:55 PM
That's terrible. I am sorry...you will be thrilled when you see your son!
Bee to the Gee February 27, 2013 at 06:58 PM
It is locked down and therefore IS NEWS. It should be reported, and not unnecessary. So stop complaining
john b February 27, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Sorry for that Lisa, I hope all will be well. I thought you were a reporter on this story. You actually have reason to worry, my apologies for any brusqueness.
Lisa Bigelow February 27, 2013 at 07:01 PM
no worries. thanks for the kind thoughts. he's on his way to his buddy's house and delighted to be missing spanish! LOL
Jaimie Cura (Editor) February 27, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Student Kate Goldberg talks about the lockdown in this video: http://patch.com/A-2tkw


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