Niskayuna High Parents Want Answers After Nearly Six Hour Lockdown

Nisky Lockdown Meeting

Nisky Lockdown Meeting

Tensions were high Wednesday night during a meeting to discuss safety protocols after a nearly six-hour lockdown at Niskayuna High School on Monday.

Dozens of people asked district officials why the lockdown took so long.

Niskayuna High School Principal John Ricker said officials had a number of procedures to follow.

Many parents are upset that students were forced to go to the bathroom in trash cans.

Superintendent Cosimo Tangora said the district will order special kits that address those needs.

Other students on buses, making their way back from BOCES programs during the lockdown were transferred to a different bus that served as a barricade in front of the school, an issue Tangora said will also be addressed.

Meanwhile Van Antwerp Middle School was placed in lock down around noon Wednesday after a bomb threat note was reported to school administrators.  

Police checked the building with canine units and classes resumed a couple of hours later. 

Photo: WNYT

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