Parents, student speak out on recent Niskayuana HS lockdown


NEWS10 ABC spoke with a student who was inside one of the classrooms at the Niskayuna High School Monday afternoon. 

Sean Collier is a junior at Niskayuna High School. He recalled the incident minute by minute.

“Everybody just huddled in the corner. We locked the door, we pushed the bookshelf against the door and in my classroom there was a window, so we took a big sheet of paper and covered up that window.”

Collier said officials at the high school handled the situation well and others agree with him. 

Jessica Joralemon has a son that goes to the school.

“We got emails, we got phone calls,” she said. “There were texts; they updated us every few hours.”

As parents dropped off their kids at school Tuesday morning, they still had a few questions and concerns in mind, like why a better protocol was not put in place for students who needed to use the restroom. 

NEWS10 received a statement from the school district saying:

“There is nothing more important than the safety of our students and staff. when incidents happen, we follow our own procedures and those of police. The district safety committee will meet this week and a discussion of the lockdown is on its agenda.”

School Administrators will be holding a meeting at the Niskayuna High School Auditorium on Wednesday night to go over the incident and answer questions. The meeting is set to start at 6 p.m.

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