Update: Lockout is over for local schools.
The City of Cortland Police Department is currently investigating a report of an attempted robbery that occurred at a local business on Tuesday morning.
The attempted armed robbery took place at Cortland Carpet Outlet, according to reports. Further details on the investigation remain to be seen.
Schools near the local business are currently in lockout after receiving information of the investigation.
Cortland Enlarged City School District superintendent Bob Edwards provided a statement saying that Smith Intermediate School is currently in a lockout:
“Good morning students, families, and staff. Just a few moments ago we learned that the Cortland Police Department is actively investigating an attempted robbery at Cortland Carpet Outlet. For this reason I have asked Smith Intermediate School to enter into a Lockout scenario. During this Lockout, classes will continue as normal - no students or staff will be outside. And all entrances will be closed - no visitors will be allowed into the building. I am in close contact with the Police Department and will update you shortly.”
Denise Hall, principal at St. Mary’s School (SMS), released a statement that SMS is also in lockdown:
“Hello SMS Families. Our school is in a “lockout” due to a robbery at Cortland Carpet Outlet. No visitors are allowed in the building and no one is allowed to leave the building at the present time. We are in "lockout" as a precautionary measure only. Classrooms are business as usual and pictures are going well. I will let you know when we will be able to let visitors in again. Thank you.”
The investigation is ongoing.
(Editor’s Note: This is a breaking news story. The Cortland Voice will provide updates once they have been received)