Police comment on St Leonard’s Road School still being ‘under lockdown’

Police comment on St Leonard’s Road School still being ‘under lockdown’

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St Leonard’s Road School says they were still under lockdown after three other schools, Kelston Boys’ High School, Kelston Girls’ College and Kelston Intermediate were placed into lockdown at around 2:30 pm this afternoon, as a precaution due to an incident involving concern for a person’s wellbeing.

St Leonard’s Road School posted an update to their website that all students are safe and accounted for and they would be remaining in lockdown until further notice.

“St Leonard’s Road School has gone into lockdown as advised by police. We will continue to provide updates on our website as often as possible.”

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Stuff reports that lockdowns were lifted at three of the West Auckland schools after the police incident — At around 3:30 pm Police reportedly started releasing one school at a time out of lockdown. 

At around 4 pm St Leonard’s Road School posted an update to their Facebook page and website saying that the school is still in lockdown.

Police did not confirm any information on weather St Leonard’s Road School was to be taken out of lockdown. Parents/caregivers were concerned about the wellbeing of their loved ones.

Please do not come to the school or phone the school as you will not be attended to and this may cause disruption to the management of this incident and could potentially place yourselves and/or our staff and student’s safety at risk,” read a notice on St Leonard’s Road Schools’ website.

This incident follows 24 hours after Lincoln Heights School in Massey was put under lockdown due to a firearms incident involving the Armed Offenders Squad.

“St Leonard’s Road School are still in lockdown despite the other schools being released. We will be advised by the police once we can release our children to go home. Thank you for your patience and please do not attempt to enter the school,” read a Facebook post by St Leonard’s Road School.

Police were contacted by thisquality for comment on the situation at around 4:30 pm, receiving a response at around 4:50 pm.

A spokesperson from the Police Media Team says that given it was the end of the schooling day, after 3 pm Police began a graduated release of students in cooperation with the schools impacted.

“Due to a miscommunication on the ground there was a delay in the gradual lift of the lockdown at St Leonard’s Road School,” said the spokesperson.

“The lockdown at all three schools has now lifted.”

The school was put out of lockdown at around 5:10 pm.

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The school posted an update at around 5:11 pm saying that they are no longer in lockdown.

“Thank you whanau for your patience and support. We are in the process of making sure all children get home safely. Please see tomorrows school newsletter for further information. Thank you.”

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