LYNN (CBS) — A student was arrested at Lynn English High School on Tuesday after a toy gun that looked like an “authentic looking weapon” and alcohol were found in his backpack, police said.
Officers were called to the school around 10:20 a.m. by an administration who said a student may be in possession of a weapon. The school was immediately placed on lockdown but it has since ended.READ MORE: After Friend's Death, Wayland Teen Wants Neck Guards Mandatory For Youth Hockey Players
The student was charged with the threat of dangerous items and person under 21 in possession of alcohol. He was taken to the Lynn Police Station then Lynn Juvenile Court.
“At first I thought it was just a lockdown drill and it actually ended up being — there was actually a weapon,” said student Victor Maraver.
A message from the Lynn Superintendent said clinical staff will be available to support any student or staff member.READ MORE: 'Monstrous Drug Dealer': Gov. Sununu Questions How Mass. Judge Gave Adam Montgomery Custody Of Now Missing Harmony
“This incident highlights the importance of vigilance, practicing emergency procedures, and the school/police partnership. The quick and thorough response first by school administrators and then by the Lynn Police Department upon arrival demonstrates the level of care with which we take safety in general and these scenarios in particular. I commend the LPD and the entire English High School community for the proper handling of this situation,” it continued.
Father Manuel Maraver was outside the school. “My son called me and said ‘pick me up,'” he told WBZ-TV.
“I finished my work and ran to school,” one mother said. “Police in the front, police in the back.”MORE NEWS: Boston Police Subdue Knife-Wielding Man With Bean Bag Round On Mass Ave.
“They took the kid inside the school to outside in handcuffs, my heart dropped thinking about my son and I kept panicking…I just want to bring my son home,” she continued.