APD & AFD on scene ARMS 10:45 AM
Okay parents set your stopwatches to see how long it takes school officials to let us know the Amherst Regional Middle School went into lockdown this morning for just about an hour.
Amherst police first responded to the school and then called for Amherst Fire Department to do a "psychological evaluation" on a young male student.
After about a half-hour on scene he was transported to Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Yes, having both police and fire personnel come through your front door to deal with a troubled student is certainly worth going into lockdown.
But it would be nice if all parents were notified, so rumors don't get started.
AFD Engine 2 and NFD A1 on scene UMass Totman Gym 11:25 AM
Not long after that Northampton Fire Department had to send an ambulance our way -- the 2nd one of the morning to come to us via mutual aid -- because AFD was so swamped.
AFD Engine 4 on scene Fort River School 1:40 PM
And then around 1:30 PM, AFD Engine 4 and Chief Nelson responded to a (false) fire alarm at Fort River School.
Three different school responses all within hours of each other. No wonder we're known as an "educated community."
Too bad we don't show it by adequately staffing our beleaguered first responders.
UPDATE: 4:30 PM email sent to parents