[BHS Etree] ADMIN: This Morning's Incident

BHS etree bhs at lists.lmi.net
Wed Mar 20 12:23:33 PDT 2013

Dear BHS Families and Staff:

This morning at approximately 10:25 a.m. the Berkeley Police Department received a call of an attempted robbery in the downtown area possibly involving a weapon. 

Our understanding is that BPD believed that the adult suspect ran into the post office directly across from our school at Allston and Milvia.

The size and nature of the police response led us to alert safety officers and campus monitors, and shorty thereafter we were advised by BPD to lock our campus down. We remained in lockdown from approximately 10:30 a.m. until 10:40 a.m.

We have received word that the person BPD was looking for is in custody.

A lockdown, or a complete securing of the campus, often serves two purposes; namely, to prevent potential harm from entering the campus and also to prevent kids and adults on our campus from exiting into situations that could be extremely dangerous.

In general, we believe we had an effective response from our staff and our kids. As always, we will review our processes and protocols, take feedback from staff and students, and assess our response so that we continuously improve in all practices and protocols related to student and staff safety.

I am fully aware of the unsettling tension and anxiety these situations invoke, and can assure you that Berkeley High School will always approach any direct or indirect threat to student or staff safety with the highest levels of concern and with the most appropriate precautions.


Pasquale Scuderi
Berkeley High School


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