Altercation at skate park prompts shelter in place at Pittsfield High School

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PITTSFIELD — An altercation at the city's skate park on Friday afternoon prompted Pittsfield High School students and staff to shelter in place for approximately 35 minutes.

At least one student was injured, apparently with a knife or other sharp object, in the dispute involving between four and six youths, according to Pittsfield School Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless.

The shelter in place was called as a precaution, he said.

Pittsfield Police were called to help locate the alleged aggressor. Information was not available late Friday afternoon on the extent of the injuries or whether anyone was taken into custody.

McCandless noted that while all those involved appear to be PHS students, the incident took place at the skate park, which is adjacent to the school but off PHS grounds.

During a shelter in place, McCandless said, classwork and most regular school business goes on with the exception of unescorted students being allowed in common areas of the building.

That differs from a lockdown, he said, which would involve locking all the doors, shutting off all the lights and instructing students and staff to hide and remain as silent as possible.

McCandless said that would be used in a case of imminent danger inside or immediately adjacent to the building.

Further information about the incident is being sought from Pittsfield Police.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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