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Murkiness over why security alarms didn’t go off at high schools


Alamance-Burlington school officials acknowledged this week in response to an Alamance News inquiry that alarm systems at the six high schools apparently hadn’t gone off the night of May 25, when dozens of students broke into all six high schools, leaving thousands of dollars worth of damage (see related story, this edition).

“Law enforcement came in a timely fashion once notified,” ABSS public information officer Les Atkins said this week. “Students were in the buildings for varying lengths. Some students may have just walked through the halls and other stayed to do more vandalism.”

“Not all buildings are equipped with alarms in all areas,” Atkins told The Alamance News Wednesday.

It remains unclear whether any of the alarm systems at the high schools had been armed the night of May 25.

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Two Eastern High School seniors told The Alamance News this week that they had been both inside the high school and on school grounds for more than an hour before Mebane police arrived on scene.

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