NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A male teenager from New Brunswick is facing criminal charges in connection with a two-hour lockdown of the city high school on Jan. 19, police said.
The suspect, a 16-year-old high school student, faces charges of terrorist threats and creating a false public alarm, according to a statement from police spokesperson Capt. JT Miller. The statement does not include the boy's name as he is a minor.
Police and school officials put the school on lockdown at around 9:20 a.m., after reports began spreading of a gun being brought into the school, Miller said.
Officers did a sweep of the building and found no gun, Miller said.
After determining the threat was false and that there was, in fact, no gun, authorities lifted the lockdown just after 11:30 a.m. and the high school resumed normal operations.
A follow-up investigation found the suspect to be allegedly involved, Miller said, noting he was then arrested and charged.