PISCATAWAY, NJ – Students at Quibbletown Middle School were placed in lockdown Tuesday morning after a toy weapon was reported to be on site.

School administrators secured the toy weapon and the individuals involved and notified Piscataway police who immediately responded, said district officials.

A spokesperson for the Piscataway School District declined to describe the toy weapon or the individuals citing privacy laws.

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Calls to the Piscataway police for comment were not immediately returned.

However, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Frank Ranelli released the following statement which was also sent to parents at the school:

“Today, from 9:13 AM to 9:48 AM, Quibbletown Middle School was placed in a lockdown situation in response to a toy weapon on the premises. The involved individuals and the item were immediately secured by the building administration. The Piscataway Police Department was immediately on site and staff and students were not at risk at any time. Our students and staff responded perfectly and took all necessary precautions in response to the announced call. I am very proud of the way your children responded. We will continue to work with the police department to investigate and monitor the situation, facts, and details.”

The Piscataway Police Department posted a similar statement on their Facebook page:

“Today, from 9:13 AM to 9:48 AM, Quibbletown Middle School was placed in a lockdown situation in response to a toy weapon on the premises.

The involved individuals and the item in question were immediately secured by the building administration. The Piscataway Township Police Department was immediately on site and staff and students were not at risk at any time.

Students and staff responded perfectly and took all necessary precautions in response to the announced call.

The school administration and the police department will continue to investigate and monitor the situation, facts, and details regarding this incident.

The Police Department would like to thank the Board of Education for their cooperation and assistance in this matter.”

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