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Verona students urinated in buckets during lockdown


VERONA (WAOW) -- The superintendent of Verona Area schools tells WKOW-TV that some elementary school students who had to use the bathroom were told to urinate in buckets during Thursday's lockdown of all of the district's schools.

"I am not comfortable with what happened," superintendent Dean Gorrell tells WKOW in Madison.

Gorrell says the schools were in "hard" lockdown, as the result of FBI agents and other law enforcement officers searching areas near the school for federal fugitive Paris Poe. Authorities say Poe was wanted in connection with an armed robbery conviction, and also as a person-of-interest in a federal murder investigation.

Gorrell says staff members at one elementary school followed emergency lockdown protocol by taking students to a gymnasium area.

Gorrell says several boys who needed to urinate were taken by staff members to either the janitor's closet, or an area with a privacy barrier, and urinated in buckets.

Gorrell did not identify at which of the district's four elementary schools some students used the buckets.

In a letter to the school community posted Friday on the Verona Area School District's website, Gorrell makes no mention of the use of buckets during Thursday's lockdown, but does acknowledge complaints from parents over failing to receive notification of the lockdown of the schools. Gorrell explains Verona's school emergency notification system requires a sign-up in order to deliver an email or text alert.

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