Parents were notified that Murphy School, grades K through 4, went on lockdown earlier today, but the school resumed to normal operations soon after. Principal Anthony Buono sent the following message via the AlertNow system at 2:21 p.m.:
Earlier in the day we were notified by Branford Police Department of an event in the community. As a precautionary measure we were placed on "lockdown." The events that transpired were in no way related to Murphy School and we have currently resumed normal operations. At this time, there is no need for parents to be concerned or come to school.
Murphy was the only school in the district that was placed on a lockdown based on its proximity to the incident.
According to a press release from the Branford Police Department, Branford police and detectives responded to 4 Brushy Plaza on a report of a dispute involving the display of analleged weapon. When officers arrived, they determined that the suspect in the dispute had fled the area by foot or car.
Due to the immediate proximity of Mary T. Murphy School, police coordinated a lockdown of the school with school officials, ensuring the continuation of a safe and secure school day.
Both Chief Kevin Halloran and School Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez said the events that transpired were in no way related to Murphy School and the actions taken by the school were precautionary, with the school resuming normal operations.
“Most of our information that was developed by responding officers indicates the suspect fled to New Haven; however, it is imperative to ensure no one sought refuge in the school,” said Halloran.
“The timely coordination and response of the BPS and the BPD was outstanding as safety is paramount,” said Hernandez.