PISCATAWAY, NJ – Piscataway High School was placed into lockdown for 45 minutes Friday morning when police responded to reports of an individual with a weapon on school grounds.
“The involved individual was immediately secured by the building administration and security,” said Piscataway police on their Facebook page. “We were on site during the incident; staff and students were not at risk at any time.”
School district officials emailed parents to inform them of the lockdown which began at about 10:00 am.
“Our students and staff responded perfectly and took all necessary precautions in response to the announced call,” superintendent, Dr. Frank Ranelli said in the email and post on the district’s website. “We will continue to work with the police department to investigate and monitor the situation, facts, and details.”
While police and school officials did not describe the individual or what type of weapon may have been involved, if any, News 12 New Jersey reported that a 19-year-old student was taken into custody after allegedly threatening a teacher while speaking in Spanish, possibly saying they had a gun or would go get one.
One mother who did not want to be identified, said her son, a junior at PHS texted her after the lockdown ended saying that the student did in fact have a weapon.
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