Threat at Pembroke Academy puts school on lockdown

Monitor staff
Friday, November 17, 2017

Police and school officials are investigating a threat that put Pembroke Academy on a partial lockdown Thursday afternoon.

Police were called to the school about 1 p.m. to investigate a “threat made via electronic device,” according to a statement released by Pembroke police Chief Dwayne Gilman.

“Investigators determined the origin of the threat and confirmed that all students and faculty are safe and secure at that time,” he wrote.

Students were ultimately released from school at the normal time and without incident, he added.

Pembroke police Lt. Gary Gaskell, who responded to the call at the school, declined to provide additional details, but complimented the school’s response.

“The school acted swiftly. The school administrators did a good job following protocol,” he said.

The threat was cleared about an hour after police arrived, Gaskell said.

Pembroke Academy Headmaster Paul Famulari deferred comment to Gilman.

“At this time I have no further information as the investigation is ongoing by police and school officials,” Famulari wrote in an email.

The school called parents twice during the day to update them on the situation.

(Lola Duffort can be reached at 369-3321 or lduffort@cmonitor.com.)