Eddington school locked down after parents’ fight

Posted Sept. 07, 2010, at 12:51 p.m.

EDDINGTON, Maine — The principal at Eddington Elementary School locked down the school Tuesday morning after parents of a student got into a verbal argument at the school.

“For the safety of the kids I felt I needed to do something, and I did it,” Principal Don Spencer said.

The school was locked down at around 9:15 a.m. The lockdown was lifted at 11:25 a.m. after Maine State Police had talked with the each of the parents and said everything was safe, Spencer said.

“Just to be clear, there was no altercation, there was no weapon involved — there was a potential situation,” SAD 63 Superintendent David Anderson said, adding, “I’m not at liberty to go into the specifics.”

Anderson commended Spencer, school secretary Linda Pollard and the school’s staff, and said they did exactly what they should have.

“There was a potential safety issue that came into play,” he said. “Principal Spencer decided to err on the side of safety.”

When it comes to protecting students, “in this day and age, you really have to be vigilant and proactive,” Anderson said.

School officials practice fire drills, emergency evacuations and lockdowns, so things on Tuesday morning went smoothly, Anderson said.

“The kids were in their rooms until Mr. Spencer was given the green light by the police involved,” he said. “Their afternoon was typical.”

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