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LHS conducts surprise lockdown drill; local police assist

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The drill, which was planned for more than a month, was conducted to assess the preparedness of LHS for an emergency lockdown situation.

On Tuesday, November 19, a lockdown drill was conducted at Liberty High School. The drill, which was planned a month in advance by middle/high school administration, Liberty SRO Devin Brust and Superintendent Dr. William Silver, also involved the Village of Liberty Police and the New York State Police. A stay-put drill was implemented in the middle school.

“It is important to conduct drills of this nature on a regular basis,” said Liberty Middle/High School Principal Jack Strassman. “It gives us an opportunity to work with our local law enforcement and to put our safety procedures to the test.”

Strassman noted that students and staff were so quiet during the drill that an officer from the NYS Police Department asked if any students were actually present in the building, due to the complete silence throughout. “It gives me great pride that our students’ behavior was outstanding during the drill and that everyone involved took it very seriously,” said Strassman.

In addition to the surprise lockdown drill, four drug-sniffing dogs were brought into the school to canvas the entire building. “We have the dogs come in as a part of the drill scenario we are practicing,” explained Strassman. “It becomes a training exercise for them.” Once again, as in previous years, the dogs did not uncover any illegal or criminal substances.

“In today’s world, it is crucial to be prepared and conducting drills is essential to that preparedness,” explained Dr. Silver. “I commend Principal Strassman, the administration at the middle and high schools, teachers, staff and especially our students for a job well done today. I hope we never have to use these procedures, but it is comforting to know that we are ready if need be.”

If you have questions or concerns about today’s lockdown drill, please contact Mr. Jack Strassman at 845-292-5400.

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