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Martin Avenue Placed on Lockdown Tuesday

Martin Avenue Elementary School was placed on lockdown Tuesday after a parent made threats against administrators around 10 a.m., according to a letter to parents from Principal Marie Testa.

"A North Bellmore parent evidently made a threat against me and the deputy superintendent to the principal of the school her child attends which is in another district," Testa said. "While we have no reason to believe that the parent was serious about the threat, we immediately put in place the procedures established in our Emergency Action Plan."

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She added that the police were notified and followed up on the situation. No one was being admitted into the building without identification and students remained in the building for the day. 

Superintendent Arnold Goldstein said that students were mostly unaware of the situation, due to the fact that inclement weather would have kept them inside anyway. Busing was no affected either.
Fran November 28, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Goldstein has made a lot of people angry in the district. Maybe the board should consider moving their office to a location where there are no children around.
Chris S. November 29, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Fran, I agree. The North Bellmore school board has made a LOT of people angry in the last 5 years. I don't think that making threats is going to solve anything. They will do what they want, regardless of the community's feelings. The district should move its offices to the Jacob Gunther building, where there is plenty of room and no students besides those daycare ones that aren't the district's responsibility.

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