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Huntley Middle School not on lockdown despite students' texts to parents

DeKALB – Huntley Middle School was not placed on lockdown Friday morning, said Principal Amonaquenette Parker in an email sent to parents, despite many students suggesting otherwise.

An email sent from school staff to Huntley Middle School parents Friday morning (which was shared with the Daily Chronicle) said there was no lockdown nor was there any active shooter threat, and concern was instead spurred by paramedics from the DeKalb Fire Department responding to a female staff person who reportedly suffered a medical emergency.

The email was sent to reassure parents because many students texted their parents after Parker made an announcement that students needed to stay in their classrooms while EMTs tended to the ailing woman.

Fire Chief Jeff McMaster said it’s common in incidents where paramedics respond to a person experiencing medical distress in a public area to quarantine the area to give the individual some privacy.

“That’s the first thing we do when there’s one in a crowded area,” McMaster said. “We get everyone out.”

He said he can understand why students might be more fearful in today’s environment, where public schools are on alert as school shootings become more commonplace.

If you have questions or concerns, parents are encouraged to call 815-754-2241.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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