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Unfounded Gun Threat Locks Down Charter School

June 5, 2018

LOWELL -- The Lowell Community Charter Public School went into lockdown after police were notified about a woman who possibly had a gun in the Jackson Street area on Monday afternoon.

Police located the Lowell woman, at which time no weapon or threat was found, according to a Lowell police spokesman.

Several Lowell police officers were on scene searching for the suspect shortly after receiving a call at roughly 3:05 p.m. A Lowell police spokesman said at that time they confirmed the identity of the Lowell woman and that she had been in the area.

The spokesman revealed around 5:45 p.m. the woman had been turned up without any threat discovered.

School officials were directed by police to place the school of roughly 800 students into a precautionary lockdown due to the call, according to Nicholas Leonardos, executive director of the Lowell Community Charter Public School.

Leonardos added the process lasted for roughly 35 minutes, allowing the school to go into dismissal around the normal time.

Those involved with the school have worked with Lowell police recently in carrying out drills focusing on situations similar to what happened Monday, according to Leonardos.

“I think this is something that is going on in schools across the country and have been for a number of years,” Leonardos said. “This is just another part of the reality, unfortunately, of running schools, being in schools and kids going to schools at this time in our country.”

To get an idea of how students handled the lockdown, Leonardos asked teachers to check in with students Tuesday morning and parents to check in with their children Monday night.

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