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UPDATE: NSJHS placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon

— In the case of Thursday’s incident, Speach said everything went smoothly.

“We were fortunate enough to have a police presence onsite throughout [the incident,” Speach said. “And then at about 1:45, we received word they were calling off the search for whatever reason. We’re not privy to all of the details inside the investigation, but they had made the recommendation to call of the search, so we were able to go back to our normal business and dismiss as usual.”

The superintendent said she hadn’t received calls from parents or community members with questions.

“It’s one of the things we’re prepared for with the procedure,” she said. “Things went smoothly, just the way they’re supposed to.”

Trooper Jack Keller said state police are still looking for the suspect in the armed robbery.

PREVIOUSLY: The North Syracuse Junior High School was briefly placed on lockdown Thursday afternoon while state police searched for a suspect in a nearby armed robbery.

The incident reportedly occurred at 12:10 p.m. in a vacant lot near Brewerton and Elbow roads. No one was injured during the incident.

According to an email communication from the North Syracuse Central School District, the junior high was placed on lockdown “to ensure the safety of our students and staff.” The lockdown was lifted at 1:45 p.m. and students were dismissed on time. Local law enforcement personnel were stationed at the outer perimeter of the junior high bus loop during dismissal and have remained on campus throughout the afternoon.

District officials could not immediately be reached for comment, nor could representatives from the state police.

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