Police: Student Who Caused Lockdown at Coventry High School Faces Charges
Coventry, R.I. (WLNE) – Coventry Police announced late Tuesday that a student responsible for the lockdown at Coventry High School has been arrested. The student is charged with Disorderly Conduct. Coventry Police said the student made comments, which were overhead by a teacher and other students, that led to the lockdown. Officers said the lock down was initiated around noon after multiple students and a staff member overheard the student say, “He’s got a gun.” The case will be referred to family court.
Coventry School officials and local law enforcement confirm no weapons were found at the high school after the campus was placed under a lock down for hours Monday afternoon. They also said that the student who was arrested did not have access to firearms.
Law enforcement says it was a multi agency effort with over 50 local police officers, along with Rhode Island State Police. Two full sweeps of the school with ballistic dogs searching hallways and lockers, as well as searches of all student backpacks. The official SWAT was not called in for the threat.
All students were safely evacuated from the school by 4 p.m.
Extra police were on campus Tuesday as a precaution.
Coventry High School staff members are now transporting students off campus following a lock down that was put in place this afternoon.
Police said that threat, overheard in passing in the hallway, which was enough to warrant the department sending units. It is not clear what the exact threat was at this time.
The Principal released the following information in a statement this afternoon”
I am writing to update you regarding an ongoing incident at the high school.
The Coventry Police are currently in the building investigating a threat that was overheard during passing time. In an abundance of caution, upon becoming aware of this threat, we placed the school in lockdown and contacted the police.
All students and staff are safe and secure in their classrooms with their teachers. The CPD and State Police are in the process of searching all students, classrooms and belongings to ensure the safety of our school community.
The police have locked down the campus. Please do not come to the school to pick up students as the police will not allow cars to come in or out until the searches are complete. All parents who come to the high school to pick up students will be directed by the police to wait in a staging location at Job Lot. We do anticipate being able to send most students home on buses.
We will continue to update you as we get more information.”
Students are being checked off by administration before they can be released to their parents. The first bus carrying students pulled into the parking lot just before 2 p.m.
Our ABC6 crews on scene have been told that some students need to leave their backpacks at the school overnight.
This is a developing story, more information will be added as it becomes available.