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February 5, 2014

Suspicious find caused delayed school day at Starpoint

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —

PENDLETON — Classes at Starpoint Central School were delayed about an hour and a half Wednesday after an empty ankle holster was found on the ticket window ledge in front of the gymnasium outside of the high school building.

According to district Superintendent C. Douglas Whelan, a custodian found the holster around 7 a.m. and alerted school administrators.

Starpoint high and middle school students deboard their buses at school around 7:20 a.m.

Whelan had all students remain on the buses in the parking lot as the Niagara County Sheriff's Office investigated inside the middle and high buildings, which are connected. The school went into lockdown mode for students who had been dropped off early, he said.

Parents were notified of the delay through automated phone calls and text messages.

While the search was conducted, a parent called the school to say she found an item that she believed to be an athletic knee pad laying on the ground outside one of the school buildings when she left an athletic event Tuesday night. She said she brought it into the school and placed it on the ticket counter.

“With that call, we were able to confirm how the holster got into the school building,” Whelan said.

The Sheriff's Office deemed the school safe at 8:50 a.m. and students were let off of the buses. Around the same time, the school was notified that an off-duty police officer had attended an athletic event Tuesday night and dropped an empty holster. The officer was not carrying a firearm.

The incident was confirmed by Starpoint security cameras.

A letter explaining the incident went home with students Wednesday, Whelan said.

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