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Amherst Regional H.S. Placed on Lockdown

(ABC40 File Photo)

(ABC40 File Photo)

AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — Amherst Regional High School was put in lockdown for second time in a week.

Amherst Police say that they were called to the school around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Principal Mark Jackson tells ABC40 that two people with school-related business came to the school, signed in, then later signed out.

However, those people did not leave the building immediately upon signing out.

Jackson notes that the lockdown was issued because they weren’t sure if the people were actually still in the building, and because they were unsupervised, non-employees of the district, and didn’t have CORI background checks.

Amherst Police responded and searched the school, and located their cell phones in the building. It was then determined that the pair had, in fact, left the school.

School officials say that this was a “misunderstanding” and the lockdown was lifted a short time later.

This is the second time the school has been in lockdown in the last week. Last Wednesday, the high school, along with two other schools, were locked down after an “unaccompanied adult male” was seen in the middle school.

Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone says that a 24-year-old Amherst man is expected to be charged in relation to that incident.


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