Heavy police presence at Barrington High School

Heavy police presence at Barrington High School


BARRINGTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Barrington police are investigating an incident that occurred at the high school Friday morning.

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Officials said it happened on one of the athletic fields and was “handled by police safely.”

“Right now students are safe, school staff has already gone around and checked on each classroom and we will be opening the school up shortly,” he said.

The building was put on lockdown and other area schools were sheltered in place, according to Barrington Police Captain Kevin Igoe.

Students at the high school were sent home at 11 a.m. for their well-being.

Police said it was an isolated incident and assured there’s no threat to the community. However, police will continue to be present at schools in town.

“I am very proud of the staff and students who responded,” Superintendent Mike Messore said. “The building was secured immediately, police responded immediately, so all of the security measures that we put in place and all the training that the district does was really implemented today.”

Messore said there was an accidental lockdown on Thursday after a security device on a staff phone was inadvertently pressed.