Woonsocket high school put under lockdown while police investigate potential threat

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE)- Police are following up on a report of a possible firearm at Woonsocket High School.

Officers and detectives cleared the school classroom by classroom.

Chief Thomas Oates told ABC6 News officers swept the building and did not find any firearms.

He says several students were possibly involved, and police are searching for a few of them.

Police say no weapon was observed or found.

ABC6 News Crews arrived at the high school to see a sizable police presence both inside and outside the school.

Deputy Chief Lemoine confirmed police responded to the high school, specifically the construction school, at 12:58 p.m. Out of the 200 students in the school, five were unaccounted for.

A lockdown was initiated as they searched for the students. Two of the unaccounted for students were found. No weapons were found on the property or students.

Students told ABC6 that the lockdown lasted about an hour then were released from their classrooms by police and dismissed at their normal time of 2:15 p.m.

The country has been on alert after a viral Tik Tok challenge threatened gun violence to schools nationwide.

No other information is available at this time, this article will be updated as information becomes available. 

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