Toy gun scare caused school lockdown

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield high school was briefly put on lockdown Tuesday afternoon, after a young man carrying what turned out to be a toy gun was seen walking into the building.

Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that a bus driver picking up students at Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy saw a young man that the driver thought might have been carrying a gun.

The bus driver notified the bus company through his two-way radio, and the company in turn notified the police, who maintain a unit of police officers at the high schools.

Delaney says that another driver had noticed a young man matching the same description entering the nearby High School of Science and Technology. Officers were already inside the school, and the student had only been inside the building for about 30 seconds when he was brought into custody.

Springfield Public Schools spokesperson Azell Cavaan told 22News that Sci Tech was put on lockdown briefly as this was all going on. Classes had already dismissed for the day at the time of the incident.

According to Delaney, officers found that the young man was carrying a toy gun, and he also had a knife in his backpack.

The young man’s name is not being released, because he is a minor. Delaney said he did not know whether he was a student at Putnam or Sci Tech, or whether he was a student at all.

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