A mechanical malfunction in one of the handheld alarm fobs used by the Baker School District to notify law enforcement of an emergency on school grounds is blamed for the false alarm reported at Brooklyn Primary School Tuesday.

Superintendent Mark Witty said Wednesday that human error was not responsible for the false alarm as was the case in some previous inadvertent activations of the system.

Once Alpine Alarms identified the fob responsible for activating the alarm, it was sent off for further examination to determine what caused the malfunction, Witty said.

“It was a technical error with one of the fobs,” he said. “We’re hoping they can tell us what happened and why.”

Once the problem was identified, the alarm system was reactivated.

“The safety of our students is our top priority, and we will get this issue resolved,” Witty stated in a press release. “We appreciate the prompt response by our local emergency teams, and will take necessary measures to deter this from happening again.”

Past accidental activation of the fobs was corrected by encasing them in a heavy compact case and changing the distribution of the alarms.

More information about the false alarm is available by calling the School District office at 541-524-2260.

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