Eastern Pulaski takes precautions with lockdown
Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation, along with Culver Community School Corporation and Rochester School Corporation locked down the buildings following a general threat made to area schools.
As per precautions at EPCSC, superintendent Dan Foster called it a soft lockdown with all the doors being locked and entrance into the buildings through one door. Students were not able to leave the buildings for recess or cadet teaching.
“It was just making sure that the outside doors were locked, like they are supposed to be already and a little more due diligence when someone rings the main buzzer that we know who they are. I think the offices did a great job of that,” Foster said. “Education went on and it was a pretty good day.”
The soft lockdown included locking down the perimeter of the school buildings. Officers escorted those students who left the school for the co-op program.
“I thank sheriff Richwine and the Winamac Police as well,” he said. “I think it went very well and I am sure that I will be talking to the sheriff or Chris Schramm that if they saw anything that they think we should do, we will certainly look at that.”
The “general threat” was not a direct threat to the schools but there was credible information that school corporations and police took seriously. Law enforcement was sent to the area schools as the threat was believed to have been generated in the Kewanna area.
Sheriff Jeff Richwine said it appears the message was posted online by a Kankakee Valley High School student in Wheatfield. Indiana State Police were able to track the message to him.
“I thought it went very well. The school called and the Winamac PD and ourselves posted officers at Eastern Pulaski and then we had two deputies at West Central,” Richwine said. “We got a lot of good feedback from the community on it.”
Police from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Winamac Police Department, Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and Rochester Police Department responded to area schools.