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Amityville School Placed In Lockdown

Massapequa Park resident arrested by police

On Friday, Sept. 28, St. Martin of Tours School in Amityville was put in lockdown for about 40 minutes. According to a spokesperson for the Amityville Police Department, a school employee, who is also a resident of Massapequa Park, was responsible for that lockdown because of inappropriate comments made within the school. Lieutenant Gerard Gralton of the Amityville Police Department said that individual has been arrested.

Gralton said that Dennis Franco, 34, of Massapequa Park was arrested and charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of disorderly conduct. According to Gralton,  Amityville Police are alleging that Franco said “something inappropriate,” to eighth-grade students which “annoyed and alarmed” the students. Gralton further said that because of those comments made by Franco, the school was put into lockdown. The lockdown was ended about 40 minutes later and the school proceeded with a normal dismissal.                                              

-R.S.