Editor’s Note: RCSD Superintendent Dr. Carmine Peluso and the Board of Education will be holding a press conference, which will be live-streamed here at 11:00 a.m.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Franklin High School was placed on lockout Thursday morning after a student was shot at outside of the school, according to the Rochester Police Department.
No one was struck or injured.
Police said the situation started a few blocks away from the school on Norton St., but ultimately ended up on school property near the front steps.
The district said the suspect ultimately got out of a car, and shot at the 16 yr-old student and two other students were on the premises.
Lt. Greg Bello said some sort of incident occurred, to where the student was chased to campus.
“He was running to the campus, when at least one shot was fired at the student,” said Bello.
In response, district officials said the school was placed on lockout. Classes continued as normally, but all entrances and exits were monitored.
RPD is investigating along with the district Safety and Security team.
Bello said they’ve been going door to door, trying to get info from neighbors and nearby businesses.
“Clearly anyone outside this area, especially here on Norton St. at 8:30 a.m. this morning, could have good information for us,” said Bello. “Cause any bit, a car pulling out of a spot, might be good for our investigation.”
Cynthia Elliot, President of the RCSD Board of Education said there’s a larger, community-based issue at hand.
“In many respects, we don’t have all the resources to be able to, you know address,” she said.
She said safety is an ongoing conversation with police, parents, surrounding neighborhoods and security teams.
“We have to make sure that every child in this school district is educated, and ready to move on to the work world, that’s our role,” said Elliott. She added families should not be afraid to come to school.
Elliott said they’re planning for more work sessions on safety, to see how they can potentially get more parents and community-based organizations involved in the effort to reduce violence.
A spokesperson for the district said they have school safety officers at all buildings (not to be confused with School Resource Officers (SRO’s). They also have mobile units, which can be used in situations like Thursday’s.
The district announced that police will be on campus Thursday and Friday during arrival and dismissal.
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