Lockdown over after “suspicious character” reported on Rogers High School grounds; everyone safe

Newport, R.I. (WLNE) – Newport Schools Superintendent Colleen Burns Jermain confirmed to ABC6 News that a lockdown at Rogers High School has been lifted and everyone is safe.

Burns Jermain said the lockdown began at 12:30p.m. Wednesday after a “suspicious character” was reported on the school grounds.  The superintendent said there was no weapon involved.  She said students and teachers are safe. Students are now back in their classrooms.

A spokesperson for the superintendent released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

Today just after lunch, a student reported to have seen an individual on campus with a gun. Out of an abundance of caution Rogers High School staff enacted their lockdown procedures. Newport Police responded immediately and in collaboration with school administration began their investigation. Upon conclusion, the student statements were deemed false and not credible. The lockdown was lifted and students were returned to class. Guidance provided assistance as needed for students and staff following the event.

I  appreciate the quick response of our Rogers High School students and staff, the teachers’ calm and patience as we waited for the investigation to be carried out,  and the swift response from the Newport Police who were on campus within moments of  the call.

The superintendent did not elaborate on the “suspicious character.”

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