HIGHLAND PARK – Students and staff members of Edgewood Middle School got a fright on Monday, January 9, when a BluePoint alarm was activated in error, triggering an emergency response from the Highland Park Police Department.
Here is the text of an email that Principal Matt Eriksen sent to parents to explain what happened:
Dear North Shore School District 112 Families,
This morning at Edgewood Middle School a BluePoint alarm was activated triggering an emergency response from the Highland Park Police Department.
After an investigation was conducted, it was determined that the alarm went off because of a BluePoint pendant. The pendant is used to trigger an alarm in case of an active-shooter emergency. This event showed that the BluePoint Alert system and our developed protocol works. All emergency procedures were followed to the fullest extent until there was positive confirmation that the alarm was set off in error and that students and staff present were safe.
When the BluePoint Alert activation occurred, The Highland Park Police Department responded immediately, secured the scene, and stopped the flow of traffic on Edgewood Road. Edgewood Middle School staff and students immediately went into a hard lockdown. School administration was able to identify where the activation occurred, contacted the staff member who is assigned the pendant, and determined this was a false alarm given the staff member was NOT on site at Edgewood Middle School. Edgewood Middle School remained in lockdown until the building was cleared by the Highland Park Police and school administration.
District 112 takes the safety of our students and staff extremely seriously. We are very proud that the response to this false alarm went exactly as practiced at Edgewood Middle School. Please take time to discuss emergency situations and how your child responds to them in a school setting. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Principal, Edgewood Middle School