Updated: East Providence Police respond to gun threat at high school
EAST PROVIDENCE — East Providence High School went into a state of "lockdown" mid-morning Tuesday, Dec. 18, after police were alerted to a gun threat in the building.
Several police cruisers descended on the Pawtucket Avenue site in response to the call, which comes just days after the Sandy Hill Elementary School shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn.
The building was put into "Code Red" upon the threat, the severity of which is unknown. The threat occurred during lunch time periods at the high school.
Students and teachers were instructed to huddle in their classrooms, doors locked with the lights off until further notice.
(Updated, 12:30 p.m., Dec. 18) While police continued to block entry onto the school grounds, a search was conducted inside for what is believed to be a possible male suspect.
Besides restricting vehicle access, several police officers were positioned in the Shaw's Supermarket parking lot across the street from the high school, preventing pedestrians from the other side of Pawtucket Avenue and likely not allowing any students who were on lunch break to attempt get back into the building.
(Updated, 1 p.m., Dec. 18) East Providence High School was taken out of lockdown at approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, according to East Providence Police representatives.
Police explained the situation to concerned parents, an adult told The Post, and allowed those who wished to take their children home to do so. Parents were escorted into the building two-by-two. Police also explained the school was clear and safe from any danger, meaning children could remain on campus for the remainder of the school day.
— With reports from Richard W. Dionne Jr.