Last Thursday between 1 pm and 2 pm an unidentified man entered the Barnard Elementary School during school hours where he was observed wandering through the building, sources tell Talk of the Sound. The man was later discovered hiding in a closet inside an empty classroom by a Barnard staffer returning to the classroom after lunch. The staffer fled the room and reported the encounter to the main office. A subsequent search failed to turn up the intruder who was later presumed to have left the building on his own.
Multiple sources have independently contacted Talk of the Sound to say that police were not notified for several hours after the incident. This was the second incident of an intruder at Barnard School over the past year.
UPDATE: Police Report indicates that a "male/black grey top possible grey bottom observed in the bldg by a few people for the last hr and last seen about 15 mins ago in the bathroom".
Barnard Principal Patricia Lambert confirmed to Talk of the Sound there has been an intruder, and stated that she had put the school on lock-down and called the police. She did not say when she had called. Lambert, who appeared flustered, stated that no one had seen the person which both contradicts multiple witnesses and defies common sense -- if no one saw anyone why was the school put on lock-down and why were police called? Sources tell Talk of the Sound the intruder was a male black, no age or additional physical description was provided.
Talk of the Sound has submitted a FOIL request to the New Rochelle Police Department; the incident report will include the time of the call from the school to the police and additional information about the description.
According to sources with knowledge of the incident, staff members at the Barnard School observed and questioned an unauthorized person walking the hallways of the Barnard School last Thursday between 1 pm and 2 pm. Neither staffer notified security. A different staff member later found the man, hiding in a closet in a classroom, and reported the encounter to the main office at which point Lambert put the school on lock-down. Rather than call the police, Lambert instructed staff to search the building. and specifically instructed staff not to call the police, sources have told Talk of the Sound. It was about three hours later, after the end of the school day, when Lambert called police, according to these same sources.
Parents of Barnard students contacted by Talk of the Sound said they received robocalls stating that a man was observed outside the building. One recalls the message saying "in the garden", another recalls understanding the intruder was observed near Amy's Greenhouse. There was no mention of a man inside the building in the message to parents.
There has been no explanation of how the man entered the building, why Patricia Lambert would say "no one" had seen the intruder, why parents were told the intruder was outside the building when he was observed by at least three Barnard staffers while inside the building and how the intruder was able to enter the building in the first place although there are some indications that the security guard was not at his post at the time.
This afternoon, Lambert was preparing to preside over a security meeting where the incident was to be discussed. F.U.S.E. Safety & Health Chairman Tony Costa was scheduled to attend the meeting.