A Brentwood school was placed on lockdown Thursday after police notified the school there might have been a student with a gun, but the reports turned out to be unfounded and there was no danger to anyone, a school district spokesman said.
The spokesman, Felix Adeyeye, said Suffolk County police called the South Middle School at 785 Candlewood Road Thursday morning reporting that they had received a call a student with a gun was on his way to the school.
“Upon receipt of this information, South Middle School was immediately placed on lockdown,” Adeyeye said. The security procedure – which does not allow anyone to enter or leave the building and keeps students sheltered in classrooms – remained in effect for 40 minutes.
School officials said they conducted a headcount of every student in the school and learned the child police suspected may have had a weapon was not in the building.
Both police and school security officials made the decision to lift the lockdown at 12:05 p.m., after confirming the building was “secure.”
“SCPD has confirmed both the location of the student and his parents and are currently investigating this matter,” a school statement said.
A Suffolk County police spokesman could not immediately comment on the incident.