Cromwell Col­lege lock-down

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Cromwell Col­lege went into lock­down on Fri­day after a par­ent be­came up­set and an­gry in the of­fice area.

Board of trustees chair­man Greg Wilkinson said the par­ent en­tered the of­fice at the end of lunchtime and staff in­ter­vened to pre­vent them ac­cess­ing the school class­rooms.

‘‘There was no phys­i­cal as­sault on staff or stu­dents, nor was a weapon in­volved. The po­lice were called and the par­ent left the school grounds soon af­ter­wards. Our stu­dents and staff were safe through­out the lock-down which lasted for 20 min­utes and stu­dents re­turned to class for the re­main­der of the pe­riod.’’

The school was fol­low­ing dis­ci­plinary and restora­tive pro­cesses in deal­ing with the in­ci­dent which brought the par­ent to school, he said.

Staff met after school on Fri­day to de­brief and again on Tuesday morn­ing.

‘‘We were very im­pressed with the man­ner in which stu­dents and staff man­aged this chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tion.’’

A po­lice spokesper­son said a 52-year-old man had been tres­passed as a re­sult of the in­ci­dent.

Po­lice were alerted to dis­or­der in­ci­dent at the school at 2.05pm on Fri­day.

Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion spokes­woman Katrina Casey said the col­lege han­dled the in­ci­dent ap­pro­pri­ately.

RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

One of the Clyde His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum’s build­ings.

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