Lockout ends at Franklin High School after threats force 'precautionary measure'

Lockout ends at Franklin High School after threats force 'precautionary measure'

Updated: October 10, 2019 02:52 PM
Created: October 10, 2019 01:52 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Benjamin Franklin High School was in a lockout due to a "credible threat" to the school earlier Thursday, but the lockout has now been lifted.

The Rochester Police Department was investigating, and a spokesperson for the Rochester City School District had said that the lockout would be in place until further notice. However, at 2:45 p.m. a notice went out to local media that the lockout had been lifted.


According to the Rochester Police Department, the threat that forced the lockout stemmed from "threatening comments" made over social media. There were no reported injuries

According to a district spokesman, the follow robocall was made to parents from the principals of each of the schools on the Franklin campus:

“First, I want you to know that all children are safe. Due to an altercation between some high school students, our campus was in a lockout with a hold in place this afternoon. Students remained inside of the building and classes took place normally with limited movement.

This was a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our students and staff while the District Safety and Security team completed its investigation with the Rochester Police Department.  

While we apologize for any inconvenience, the safety of our students is the District’s top priority.  Thank you for your patience. “

Benjamin Franklin High School is located on Norton Street. It is not known if any arrests or disciplinary actions have been taken in response to the threats that caused the lockout. 

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