WAKEFIELD (CBS) — A school in Wakefield was placed on lockdown on Monday while police investigated an online threat only to discover the threat was aimed at a school in Maryland.
The Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School said they went into a “precautionary lock-down” around 10:30 a.m.
“A student reported that she had seen a social media post that made threats against a school with a name similar to Northeast Metro. She brought her concerns to administration, and out of an abundance of caution, the school initiated its lockdown procedures and alerted the Wakefield Police Department,” said Wakefield police in a statement.
The school was evacuated and police said while they were investigating that there was no immediate danger to the students or staff.
Just before 1 p.m., they tweeted, “It now appears the threat was regarding a school in Maryland with a similar name. There is no active threat to any of our schools at this time.”
Wakefield police notified police in Maryland.
Police Chief Rick Smith said, “While this is a false alarm for Northeast Metro, we are proud of the student for not hesitating — if you see something say something…I want to thank the school faculty and staff as well as the students and parents for their cooperation during today’s police response.”
Students were dismissed early after police concluded that there was no danger.
Tracy Siose was there to pick up her two sons. While she said the experience was “nerve-wracking” she knew the school was doing their best and received three automated calls.
“It took a while but I just knew that they were doing what they had to do.”
She also said, “I’m very happy that they followed –especially in the recent news– that they were so strict and they followed protocol. They did a great job communicating to the parents. I’m happy that my kids are getting out of school early so I can see them, give them a hug and that everything is good. A false alarm is better than no alarm.”