FRAMINGHAM – Someone tripped the active shooter alarm system at Framingham High school this morning, February 17, sending students and staff running from the high school, as an alarm announced there was an active shooter in J Hall.
It was not an active shooter. It was not a drill.
Superintendent Bob Tremblay issued this statement:
“This morning a battery change in a system at Framingham High School tripped the Active Shooter Alarm. This was a false alarm and there was NO active shooter at Framingham High School. Students and staff were not in any danger. School and district administrators and the Framingham Police Department were on-site assisting with the building evacuation and the return to classes. Counseling support is being provided to students and staff, as needed, as we understand how upsetting this situation is for many of our students and staff,” said Supt. Tremblay.
“Our first priority this morning was to communicate as quickly as possible with students, staff, and families to alert people of the false alarm. Please be assured that we are addressing the follow-up/debrief on this incident from multiple approaches. Operationally, when and why the battery in the system needed to be changed when it did – the cause of the tripped alarm; and managerially, what was communicated and in what way and following our Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate (ALICE) protocols. We are also debriefing the entire process and how, in the event of an actual incident, we can do better, including the rollout of ALICE training for our students as an extension of the staff training that has taken place in the district as an immediate next step,” said Supt. Tremblay.
“We deeply regret any inconvenience or upset that this situation has caused in our school community,” said Supt. Tremblay, who said additional counselors are on site at the high school for those students who stayed and did not go home.
Framingham High will be closed next week due to the planned school vacation week.