Vinal Tech Lifts 'Lockout' That Was Imposed Earlier Today

The state-run high school issued the "lockout" around noontime following an undisclosed incident.


Vinal Technical High School has lifted a "lockout" order it imposed earlier today after an undisclosed incident occurred around noontime. 

The lockout, which limits students' movement around the school, was imposed around 12:15 p.m. and was lifted by about 3:25. By 3:45 p.m., there were still four state police officers at the school and two police cruisers. 

Principal Richard Shellman said there was no direct threat that prompted the action, which he said was likely the result of someone being "hypervigilant" in the wake of the Newtown shootings. 

"We just wanted to do an investigation and state police were notified," Shellman said, "they did their investigation but at this point, I don't want to say anything more than that."

No additional information is currently available. State education officials did not immediately return a request for comment. 

Check back with Middletown Patch for updates. 

wyatt December 18, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Consider this: Many of us older people remember a time, not that long ago, in the 1960's, when there was a Rifle Club at both local High Schools in Middletown. Students would bring their .22 rifles to school and keep them in their lockers for target practice after school. The students had all been trained in the safe handling of their guns. Nobody thought this was any different than any other after school club. My, how things have changed! How did we get from that world to the one we now live in ? More importantly, can we ever get back to that more civil, respectful and perhaps more innocent, time ?
Sandy pirrp December 18, 2012 at 04:17 PM
The only reason I am EXTREMELY upset with this school is because my child was held in a lockdown from noon til about 3:30. Here I am at home wondering where my son is because he is home EVERY day at 2:30. THey didn't have the respect to call parents and let them know of this situation. Are you kidding me???? Especially after what just happened. I have worked in the public school sysytem for 7 years and that is our protocol no matter what. I was actually notified by my other sons school today that the firealarm went off and ths kids had to be evacuated and that everyone wa ok. I really appreciated that call.These other schools need to get their act together. I am a VERY unhappy parent right now...


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