Rockland school locks doors because of ‘non-school-related matter’ involving a student

Posted Dec. 06, 2012, at 5:29 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Students were kept inside and a police cruiser was stationed outside the South School on Thursday because of a “non-school-related matter” involving a student.

Rockland Deputy Police Chief Wally Tower said no specific threat had been made but that the cruiser stayed outside the school throughout the day as a precaution. He offered no further details.

Students also were kept inside during recess and the front lobby door was locked. That door is normally the only one that is open from the outside during the school day.

No incidents were reported.

Principal Lynsey Ward sent home a note with students that alerted parents to some of the safety measures taken Thursday.

“Due to a non-school related matter regarding one of our students, the Rockland Police Department stationed themselves outside of our school today,” Ward’s letter stated.

The South School serves students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade. The school is attached to Rockland District Middle School which serves grades five through seven. South School has an enrollment of 296 students.