NEW JERSEY - Montclair High School and nearby Renaissance Middle School were placed on lockdown for a brief time on Wednesday, according to community site Baristanet.
There were initial reports that officials were searching for a gun that was brought to the high school by a student on Chestnut Street in Essex County.
Shortly after noon, the site tweeted that the Montclair Police Department had identified the student and that the student did not have a weapon in their possession.
MHS principal Anthony Grosso sent an email with the update:
Dear MHS families and caregivers,
It was brought to our attention during lunch that a student may have had a weapon in their possession. Montclair High School went into a lockdown and released into a shelter in place. The Montclair Police Department was immediately notified. The student was identified and apprehended with their belongings. The Montclair Police Department found that the student did not have a weapon in their possession. This incident is still under investigation by the Montclair Police Department. We want to thank the Montclair Police Department for responding quickly and efficiently.
Security and a SWAT Team searched the building.