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Mar 12, 2014 10:03 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Lockdown Lifted At Hampton Bays High School

Mar 12, 2014 10:33 AM

UPDATE, 10:20 a.m.

The Hampton Bays School District has lifted the lockdown after determining that an exploding tire in the lobby caused the disruptive noise.

Mr. Clemensen said students were being bused back to the high school to proceed with their day as usual.

The tire, he said, was behind equipment and out of view in the lobby, making it difficult for school officials and investigators to determine what had caused the sound.

“Safety is the utmost priority of the Hampton Bays School District and we appreciate the participation and support of local law enforcement, staff, and parents in the effective execution of the School District Safety Plan,” district officials said in a statement.

UPDATE, 10:05 a.m.

Southampton Town Police Sergeant William Kiernan said investigators believe a mechanical error caused the loud noise, though they are still investigating in order to determine the cause.

Southampton School District officials said the district lifted the lockout on its schools after hearing word from Hampton Bays School District officials that the problem was likely mechanical, and not a threat to the neighboring district’s safety.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Hampton Bays High School was evacuated and placed on lockdown shortly after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, when officials heard a “loud, percussive noise” in the lobby of the school, according to Superintendent Lars Clemensen.

All students were bused to the Hampton Bays Middle School as a precautionary measure, in accordance with the district’s safety plan, he said, and all were accounted for.

The Southampton School District was also placed on lockout, which means no one can enter or exit its buildings, in accordance with the district’s policy when a neighboring school is placed on lockdown, according to Superintendent Dr. Scott Farina.

Mr. Clemensen explained that Southampton Town Police were investigating the incident, but said no explosion, or obvious damage or and smell was identified as of about 9:50 a.m.

Southampton Town Police could not be immediately reached.

The incident at the Hampton Bays high school, off East Argonne Road, occurred while students were in second period.

Mr. Clemensen said “there is a plan in place to make sure they are put in a safe and appropriate place in the middle school,” and said a decision had not yet been made as far as their dismissal.

In an email to faculty and staff, Hampton Bays Middle School principal Dennis Schug said the event should be “minimally intrusive to our middle school day,” and asked teachers to manage the rumor mill.

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By MaryMcClain (4), Great River, New York on Mar 12, 14 10:37 AM
Nice kudos to the bus company (Montauk Bus) who deployed their staff and buses to evacuate the students from the school!!! A little appreciation for the effort it took the drivers from the bus company might be in order here???????
By crusader (391), East Quogue on Mar 12, 14 4:56 PM
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Crusader, great point. In addition to the faculty, staff, and security team that assisted in today's situation, Montauk Bus cannot go unmentioned. It took 9 minutes for Montauk Bus to begin staging 22 vehicles that assisted in a rapid and efficient relocation to the middle school. Without hesitation, Montauk Bus responded. Hampton Bays would expect nothing else from our partner and we are thankful for their service today. Thank you for highlighting that!
By LarsClemensen (34), Hampton Bays on Mar 12, 14 10:41 PM
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An exploding tire in the lobby???wow.a little more clarity is needed.
By Etians rd (543), Southampton on Mar 12, 14 5:59 PM
An exploding tire in the lobby???wow.a little more clarity is needed.
By Etians rd (543), Southampton on Mar 12, 14 5:59 PM
Glad that there was not an issue in this case. Also glad to see that the school acted with caution for others.
By suzer67 (51), nanuet on Mar 12, 14 7:58 PM
I swear this country is getting more ridiculous by the second. The school right away calls the cops evacuates the school, and over reacts. Does any adult have a brain in that whole district? Between snow storms, vacations, and other distractions it's no wonder kids can't learn at Hampton Bays. Time for Lars, and cohorts to hit the pavement.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Mar 12, 14 8:15 PM
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By ChristianBerglin (3), Hampton Bays, New York on Mar 12, 14 9:38 PM
Chief1, when you are directly responsible for the safety of 600 students and nearly 100 adults, you might react differently when you hear a noise that sounds like an explosion, especially in 2014. To write anonymously (again) with your criticisms of the Hampton Bays School District only speaks to your never-failing criticism of the faculty and staff who work on the behalf of students everyday. If the article had read that an explosive situation took place, yet district officials did nothing, I'm ...more
By LarsClemensen (34), Hampton Bays on Mar 12, 14 10:34 PM
Lars, I just want to thank you, your staff, and all the outside agencies involved for taking the necessary action to protect my daughter and the other children attending school yesterday. It may have seemed like overkill to some. But I am sure the other parents are as grateful as I am that our children's safety was given the utmost priority. And I thank GOD is was "just" a tire on the traffic cone cart!

As for chief1 and marlinspike - why are you so worried about Hampton Bays? Surely there ...more
By HB Mom (4), Hampton Bays on Mar 13, 14 10:13 AM
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What were the alternatives? When you, Chief 1, can control weather and unfortunate shootings at schools, maybe then you will post more intelligent comments. As a parent with children in the district i can safely spreak for myself and numerous others as to the constant concern shown for our children's safety. As far as vacations go, bring your comments to The State of New York .
By SensibleParent (1), Hampton Bays on Mar 13, 14 10:39 AM
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By JM Yates (1), hAMPTON BAYS on Mar 13, 14 10:46 AM
Lars,
Don't pay any attention to the opinionated, all knowing Chief. He knows everything there is to know about anything. And he is more than willing to tell you about it.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Mar 13, 14 1:17 PM
Sorry Lars I don't think any adult could think a small hand truck tire puncture could be mistaken for a bomb, or a gun shot. Did someone investigate this noise? Do you think you are really helping a situation by evacuating a school when you don't even know what the sound was? What if this was a real danger, and you were evacuating students right into harms way? When I was in school kids would light firecrackers in the hallway, and no one was running for their lives. Schools are scaring the living ...more
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Mar 14, 14 1:29 PM
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Dear "Chief1", thanks for your response. In fact, the situation was investigated. The evacuation was not immediate. That decision was made when other possible causes were ruled out (mechanical, operational, etc.) and the emergency services pursued an investigation around violence. At that point, with the imminent arrival of a bomb-detection team, the decision was made to evacuate. The bomb-detection team is of course not a district department and that call was not mine, but I stand by my local ...more
By LarsClemensen (34), Hampton Bays on Mar 14, 14 2:10 PM
Dear Mr. Clemensen,

Thank you for that rather rosy forecast of your delusional out look of testing at the Hampton Bays School District. It's amazing how a superintendent could be proud that less of his former students need remedial help at Suffolk Community college. The question is how did they graduate from Hampton Bays, without being able to do 8th grade math? Here's a fact you should investigate. How many Hampton Bays graduates make it through their first year of college? That statistic ...more
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Mar 14, 14 9:40 PM
Chief1,
Where did your factoids come from?
Mar 16, 14 10:28 AM appended by But I'm a blank!
And now that Lars has put your inane theories on evacuation requirements in the street, what say you ?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Mar 16, 14 10:28 AM
Chief, To put your numbers in context, here is how students in grades 3-8 in ALL of NYS did last year:
31% met the standards in ELA in Math
3% of English language learners met the ELA standards
10% of English language learners met the Math standards
5% of Students with disabilities met the ELA standards and
7% of Students with disabilities met the Math standards.
Do you know how many English language learners or students with disabilities are enrolled in Hampton Bays? Do ...more
By cmac (184), East Quogue on Mar 16, 14 3:22 PM
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More excuses. lol How about you compare the rest of the industrialized world? This country is in denial. When 22% is the number of passing students, it is a failure on the whole. By the way CMAC you don't see a problem when high school graduates need remedial help in college? Another clown with their head in the sand!
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Mar 19, 14 9:46 PM
Chief, it’s easy to regurgitate facts and figures. You put up the "disastrous” numbers for Hampton Bays. I simply put them in context. As for “being another clown with their head in the sand” I can ensure you that I have done more research into the state of education in our country than most. If you truly want to use numbers you need to look at ALL of them. The more government tries to “reform” education the farther we fall. This used to be a Nation of ...more
Mar 20, 14 10:28 AM appended by cmac
Before you attack me...I can "assure" you that I typed this hastily on my phone!
By cmac (184), East Quogue on Mar 20, 14 10:28 AM
Nothing like praising those who overreacted and blew the call. Loud noise must be a bomb , even though there was no smoke in the vicinity of the noise. Sorry, but my confidence in HBHS's and administration isn't bolstered by knee jerk reactions. Too many fear the way overblown threat of terrorism that our media perpetuates. Get a grip people, do the math, schools are one of the safest places you children go. You're worried for their safety, then make sure they know not to text/FB/Tweet ect... ...more
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Mar 13, 14 1:23 PM
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