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Gardiner High has brief lockdown as former student confronts current attendee

Posted Sept. 12, 2012, at 3:41 p.m.

GARDINER, Maine — Gardiner High School had a brief lockdown Wednesday morning after a former student confronted a current student inside the school, according to police.

Gardiner police Chief James Toman said the lockdown was called in around 10 a.m.

“It lasted approximately a half-hour,” he said. “Nobody was in any danger.”

Police are continuing to investigate the matter, and Toman is anticipating that charges will be filed against the former student. Both involved were males, he said.

When a school is locked down, teachers and students are required to head for the nearest room and remain there until police clear them to leave, according to Toman.

“It was pretty routine,” he said. “We just needed to find the unwanted person.”

Principal Chad Kempton said the remainder of the school day went smoothly, and students were dismissed at the regular dismissal time.

“The lockdown was more of a precautionary measure just to make sure everyone was safe,” Kempton said.

Kempton said that faculty and staff handled the lockdown well.

The lockdown was cleared when the former student left the building and school grounds, Toman said.

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