Man in lot causes lockout at South Colonie

According to Colonie police detective Lt. John VanAlstyne, the suspect in Wednesday's lockout was located by police and determined not to be a threat. VanAlstyne said he was simply cutting through the school to get to another destination.

"We've since found the guy, and checked him out," VanAlstyne said. "He was just cutting through the schools."

According to a press release sent out by the district, the man was allegedly making threatening statements, which was why police were immediately notified.

VanAlstyne said the man was not charged with any crime and was simply advised to avoid cutting through school parking lots during the day. His name was not released.

Superintendent of Schools Jonathan Buhner, who started in his position in August, said, "While no one was ever in danger as a result of this incident, the district will always take this precautionary approach to protect our students and staff to the fullest extent."

Buhner said that while the district was unsure of the severity of the circumstances, "it was one of those things" where school officials took precautions to give police time to determine whether there was any real danger.

Buhner said in the future, the district will continue to take this conservative approach to similar situations.""

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