Miller-Driscoll School went into lockdown on Tuesday, June 2, after a secretary reported “a strange man was seen running down the corridor toward the south cafeteria” around 11 a.m.
Police were called and the school immediately went into lockdown — meaning all building and classroom doors were secured and no one was allowed to enter or exit the building, Superintendent Kevin Smith explained in a letter to parents, guardians and caregivers.
Cider Mill, Middlebrook and Wilton High School subsequently went into “soft lockdowns — “all exterior doors were confirmed secured and no one was allowed to enter or exit the building but otherwise, activities continue as usual,” according to Smith.
With help from Norwalk and Weston, the Wilton Police Department searched the entire Miller-Driscoll building.
Upon completing the search, the “strange man” turned out to be a district staff member.
Smith told The Bulletin the lockdown lasted about 30 to 50 minutes.
“At approximately 11:30, we announced to the staff in the building and notified parents of the ‘all clear,’” he said.
“Completely releasing from the lockdown took an additional 15 to 20 minutes.” Each room must be unlocked individually.
Smith said students and staff “performed admirably” and “received many commendations from our police department on how well they executed the lockdown.”
“Distressing as this situation was, we learned that the safety and security procedures our district has in place worked very well,” Smith said in his letter.
“I would like to thank the Wilton Police Department and their fellow officers from Norwalk and Weston for their dedication and professionalism to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”