Cambridge schools locked, police are looking for man with weapon

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Schools in Cambridge have gone into lockdown at the request of the police.

Cambridge High School, Cambridge Middle School and Cambridge East have notified parents.

Police are on Waipa Road in the city of Waikato, where a report of a man in possession of a gun was received at about 10:40 a.m.

Police have asked Cambridge High School and other nearby schools and young children’s centers to keep their students indoors while officers are present and working to locate the man.

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“Due to police instructions regarding a local situation, the school has been locked. All students are safe in their classrooms and will remain there until police make everything clear,” Cambridge High School said in a social media post.

“The students on the Y9 French Cinema trip will not be returned to school until campus reopens.”

It said that afternoon’s exams were cancelled. “All students who have exams this afternoon must stay away from the school. Parents are asked not to enter the school grounds until the police lift the closure. We will keep everyone informed of any changes as soon as possible.”

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Cambridge Middle School said police had been advised to go into lockdown “due to an incident at a neighboring school”.

“Please do not come to the school or call the school as there is no attention to you as your child’s well-being and safety is our priority. This includes contacting your son and/or daughter via email or telephone Your help and cooperation is appreciated at this time. Any further updates will be provided on the school website.”

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