Keeney Street School Placed on Lockdown After Receiving Suspicious Letter

Interim Superintendent Richard Kisiel confirmed the lockdown and the letter Thursday afternoon.

Keeny Street Elementary School has been placed on lockdown after the school received a suspicious letter that contained white power and a message about al-Qaeda, according to Interim Superintendent Richard Kisiel. 

"Police are there, fire department is there, DEP is on its way and the school is in lockdown," Kisiel told Patch at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. 

Kisiel said administrators at the school made the decision to place it on lockdown after they received a letter containing white power and a message stating that "al-Qaeda is back." 

Kisiel said he had no further information to provide at this time. 

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Joyce Hodgson May 10, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Sitting in Cheney Hall watching something like 10 police cars head up Prospect St . . . knew it had to be Keeney Street School . . . hoping everyone's o.k. My girls all went to school there, can only imagine little ones freaking out a bit!
Daniel Cima May 10, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I'm with you Joyce, Amanda's two youngest are there right now! Such a tumultuous time for our town....
Amanda Cima May 10, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Im hoping everything's fine. I received a voicemail from Superintendant Kisiel saying dismissal is regular time.
John B. May 10, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Waiting to hear from my wife who works there.
John B. May 10, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Just talked to her and it sounds like everyone is ok. I knew more about it then her, Thanks for the info Patch.
David Moran (Editor) May 10, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Yeah, everything is fund now. School was dismissed at its normal time. I'm writing an update now.
Julia diloreto May 10, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I am in that school, and when they called a lockdown I almost cried. I thought somebody broke in!!
Julia diloreto May 10, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I just thought I would die!! I was shaking like I was getting tossed by the wind!!
Julia diloreto May 10, 2012 at 09:25 PM
I am in that school!
madtat2d@cox.net May 11, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I'm a kid in the 5th grade and when they called lockdown my math teacher was freaking out telling us to keep calm.... We were on lockdown for like 1 hour or so... Everyone was like " Oh my gosh! A raccoon proably is on the loose" And ofcourse i said " No my friend just went to the nurse and the nurse said that theres a white powder" It was NOT fun. I heard all the little kids screaming and crying.... I felt SOO bad!
Terry B May 17, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I find madtat2d@cox.net's comments VERY disturbing as a parent of a 1st grader at Keeney who thought there was an intruder and had nightmares following this incident! I for one think the school system should consider revising it's policy to have a leveled lock down notification to teachers so that they can assure the kids that there is NOT an intruder when there is NOT one - these kids were terrorized not only by the sick person who sent the powder but by the school officials that allowed them no knowledge of their level of safety or danger.
BRUNA BARROS January 21, 2013 at 07:15 PM
i am in 3rd grade now in 2013.i was in second grade one it happend. i was doing math and then we heard we had a lock down.when we got in the coat room all of us were soooooooooooooooooooo scared. we were locked in the coat room for 1 to 2 hours. when of my friends were almost crying. my other friend said she was going to throw up. we asked all of the teachers what happend we got no answer.when i got outside my dad was trying to reach my mom.i am glad me and everybody else was ok.i even heard all the little kids crying.


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