Sound of gunshots put Holland Patent schools on lockout


HOLLAND PATENT — Schools in Holland Patent Central School district were placed on lockout for about 45 minutes Friday after a report of possible shots fired near the elementary school.

Deputy Matthew Bauer said at 12:45 p.m. a special patrol officer notified county 911 that he heard what sounded like gunshots coming from private pastures and woodland west of the school campus. As a precautionary measure, the school district placed buildings in lockout, securing their perimeters and making sure all doors were locked.

Deputies, state police and state Environmental Conservation Police responded and conducted an extensive area check, including the immediate school grounds, area roadways, and a foot search of the adjoining woodlands and pastures. Neighborhood interviews were also conducted and the investigation was unfounded.

Bauer said the school district was in lockout for approximately 45 minutes and at no time were any students or staff in danger.


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