Montclair High School Lockdown Lifted; Montclair Police Conduct Investigation

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Update:12:36 p.m.

Dear Families and Staff,

Today, there was a lockdown at Montclair High School due to an alleged report of a student with a weapon. As a precaution, Renaissance also went into lockdown. The Montclair Police Department was immediately notified and the staff and administration acted swiftly to investigate the situation. The Police Department determined that there was no credible threat.

The student was identified and apprehended with their belongings. The Montclair Police Department found that the student did not possess a weapon. This incident is still under investigation by the police.

We want to thank the MPD and the administration for their actions today. The safety and security of our students and staff are paramount. We appreciate your patience while we actively conducted an investigation in order to provide accurate information.

Thank you,

Dr. Nathan N. Parker

Update: MHS Principal Gross sends email at 12:05 p.m., confirming report of weapons search:

Dear MHS families and caregivers,

It was brought to our attention during lunch that a student may have had a weapon in their possession. Montclair High School went into a lockdown and released into a shelter in place. The Montclair Police Department was immediately notified. The student was identified and apprehended with their belongings. The Montclair Police Department found that the student did not have a weapon in their possession. This incident is still under investigation by the Montclair Police Department. We want to thank the Montclair Police Department for responding quickly and efficiently.

Thank you,

Anthony Grosso

UPDATE: The following email went to parents at 11:38 a.m.

Dear Families and Staff,

Montclair High School and Renaissance are currently in a lockdown situation. This means that you cannot pick up children, and if they are already out of the building they should not return to the premises. The police are on site as well as the Montclair Administration while they conduct their investigation. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

Thank you,

Dr. Nathan Parker

Montclair High School is on lockdown; students have heard that the building is being searched because of a report of a gun brought into school.

Some students did not return to school after lunch upon hearing reports of the lockdown. Students who are in school were still on lockdown at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday as security and a SWAT Team continued to search the building.

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