Police have arrested a male juvenile in connection with a lockdown that happened at Montville High School this morning, Montville Police Lt. Leonard Bunnell said this afternoon.
The juvenile was charged with breach of peace.
"There was no gun," Bunnell said, dispelling rumors that had circulated during the day. "Just several text messages that he was generating that alarmed people into thinking a gun was involved."
The events began around 10:30 this morning, when a parent called the school, reporting that a student might have a weapon.
A lockdown was called immediately, and Connecticut and Montville police, K-9 officers and emergency services personnel came to the scene.
After about an hour, Montville Police Officer Bruce Rockwell came out and told parents and media gathered in the high school parking lot that there was no immediate threat.
A half an hour fter that, Mayor Ron McDaniel and Superintendent Pam Aubin addressed the crowd. (You can hear McDaniel's statement in the video in the photo box).
Aubin said the initial report was made to a principal at another school, who then notified Montville High administrators. The lockdown procedures were implemented.
Police, with a canine, searched lockers but found nothing.
Principal Chad Ellis sent a letter home with students today, addressing the lockdown and explaining the events leading up to it.
The letter reads, in part:
We received a credible phone call around 10:35 a.m. from a parent reporting the possibility of a student in possession of a weapon in school. Upon receiving this information we immediately went into lockdown and called the police. Officers from the Montville Police Department and Connecticut State Police responded immediately and completed a thorough search. No weapons were found, but a student was detained for questioning.
The safety and security of your students is our first priority. I want to assure you that no one was injured and all safety protocols were followed."