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2012-11-28 / Front Page

Ken West locked down after complaint of suspicious male

Darlene M. Donohue

  Kenmore West High School experienced a lockout Monday morning after a student complained that a male was lurking around the neighborhood.
District Superintendent Mark Mondanaro said a  suspicious and confused looking man was walking around Delaware Road, asking students if he could use their cellphone.
“He was walking the streets. He wasn’t wearing any socks or shoes, and he was saying that people were after him,” said Mondanaro. “He was clearly a distressed individual.”
The superintendent said he didn’t believe that the man was intending to go into the school but school officials felt the lockdown was necessary to protect the students.
During a lockdown, Mondanaro explained, all entrances to the building are secured and  nobody is allowed inside unless staff members can identify the individual; also, students can’t leave the building.
“We wanted to err on the side of caution for the safety of the students,” he said.
He said the school was locked down for only a short amount of time and that   the man was apprehended around 8 a.m. by Town of Tonawanda police and transported to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for an evaluation.

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