The possibility of the person near schools has triggered a lock in system, although no gunman has been found. The police have not advised the school of any dangers, but have advised them to be vigilant, acccording to a letter to parents posted on the district's website.
Here's the letter being sent home to parents tonight
February 11, 2013
A report was given by the Town of Tonawanda Police Chief to our Superintendent, a suspicious individual was seen leaving the Mobil Mart this morning at Highland and Colvin and local principals were alerted. This individual was reported by another patron at the mart, and overheard him indicating it's "time to lock and load"....the individual was an older male between the ages of 60-70, with a gray sweatshirt, jeans, and a gray beard and appeared to have a black hand gun. Police have been in the area and the individual has not been found at this time. The reporting patron was found and interviewed. Police have reported directly to St. John’s, Hoover, and West. Our police department requested normal procedures but to be vigilant. As a precautionary measure, the Superintendent of Schools indicated a “lock out” protocol to the Hoover Complex, West, and Lindbergh. This protocol lessens the ability for individual to gain access to our school buildings.We look to keep the lines of communication open with our families and inform you of this incident to do so as the safety of our children is paramount.
Later in the afternoon, the district added this statement in an e-mail to reporters:
The District did have an early release day today and normal procedures were followed for the release. Additionally, an email/text alert was sent out alerting parents of the situation and for those closest schools that a letter was forthcoming explaining the action. The letter has been posted at the school district website. The District would like to thank the Town of Tonawanda Police Department for their assistance in this matter. All suggestions offered by the PoliceDepartment therein were followed.