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2-hour lockdown at Pinkerton Academy cancels pep rally ahead of epic 'Mack Plaque' rivalry

Union Leader Correspondent

September 21. 2018 9:52PM
Pinkerton Hall on the campus of Pinkerton Academy. (Courtesy)

From left, Caroline Choiniere, Olivia Pierog and MacKenzie Savard, all seniors age 17, stopped at a local cafe after Pinkerton was released Friday, still dressed for a canceled pep rally. (RYAN LESSARD/UNION LEADER)

DERRY — Seniors at Pinkerton Academy are angry and disappointed that their pep rally, ahead of a major sports weekend, was canceled Friday due to comments allegedly made by a fellow classmate.

“The rumor is he made a bomb threat or threatened to shoot the rally,” said Caroline Choiniere, 17, a senior still wearing face paint for the rally.

The shelter-in-place order lasted for two hours, according to senior Olivia Pierog, 17.

School spokesman Rosa Matos said the school implemented the shelter-in-place out of “an abundance of caution,” and students were released at the normal dismissal time of 2 p.m.

The Derry Police Department investigated the “inappropriate comments” made Friday before the rally and ultimately deemed them not credible before the shelter-in-place was lifted, according to a news release sent out by the school.

Police were at the school searching vehicles in the senior parking lot with the help of campus security, according to Pierog.

Matos said all other Pinkerton events Friday night and over the weekend will continue as planned.

During the shelter-in-place, the administration was in communication with parents and students, sending information through the school’s alert system.

“The safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our school is Pinkerton Academy’s number one priority,” Matos said in a written statement.

The rally would have kicked off Mack Plaque weekend, in which Pinkerton’s sports teams play against nearby Londonderry High School teams.

“It’s a legendary rivalry,” Choiniere said.

Police would not comment about the nature of the comments or what they were searching for.

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