An “emergency” at Sweet Home High School Monday afternoon turned out to be unfounded, Amherst Police said.
Police were dispatched to the school just after 2:30 p.m., after a call was received from a landline phone at the high school reporting an “emergency,” said Amherst Police Captain James McNamara.
“We responded,” he said. “As we responded, the school was notified and immediately put into lock down procedures.”
The entire high school was searched, McNamara said.
“We determined that there were no concerns and no emergency,” he said.
Once the situation was deemed safe, students were released, McNamara said.
An investigation into the call was “ongoing,” he said. Authorities are not releasing information on the nature of the call at this time.
Superintendent Anthony Day said the staff and students handled the situation well.
“They really did a great job following procedures,” he said. “At every moment, I was proud of how our school community responded.”
The district contacted parents three times during the lock down, Day said.
Lock down scenarios are practiced by the district and police, Day said, so to have everything work well was “affirming.”
“We’ll look at what we did with the Amherst Police to what we did that was effective, and what could be more effective,” he said.
McNamara said his “best guess” is that the call was a prank, although there could be other factors behind it.
“There are a handful of options it could be, I suppose,” he said.