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Fountaindale school briefly put on modified lockdown

August 20, 2009

A Hagerstown elementary school went on modified lockdown Thursday morning while police dealt with a distraught man who was threatening to harm himself, officials said.

The incident at the man's house on Northern Avenue was unrelated to the Fountaindale School for Arts and Academic Excellence, but officials locked down the school as a precautionary measure, Lt. Tim Wolford of the Hagerstown Police Department said.

The lockdown was put into effect around 11 a.m. at the school at 901 Northern Ave., according to Richard Wright, spokesman for Washington County Public Schools.

The school went back on a normal schedule about 11:10 a.m. after the man -- who was taken to Washington County Hospital -- was secured, Wolford said.

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A letter was to be sent home to parents explaining what happened and the action that was taken to protect students and staff at the school, Wright said.

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