PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A student in Pittsfield was arrested Thursday morning after starting a disturbance at the Taconic High School due to insubordination.
In a statement released by the Pittsfield Police Department, the student was arrested and brought to the station, where officers searched his property and found a weapon. Police noted that the weapon was not made “visible to any student or staff member at Taconic.”
The Taconic administration is working with the Pittsfield Police Department to further investigate the matter. Police said that all schools in the district have safety response protocols and procedures in place.
“We have safety protocols in place at all schools and practice them regularly. As always we are collaborating with the Pittsfield Police. We are thankful for our strong relationship and support from Pittsfield families and will continue to keep them informed,” Dr. Jason McCandless, Pittsfield Public Schools Superintendent said.
According to Mayor Daniel Bianchi, “Principal Vosburgh and his staff followed Pittsfield Public School safety protocol to the letter. School administration and Pittsfield Police effectively took all appropriate measures to efficiently address the situation and safeguard the school community. I am confident in Dr. McCandless’s leadership and the professionalism of school staff as we continue to collaborate with community partners.”
Chief of the Pittsfield Police Michael Wynn added that “The strong, existing relationship between the District and the Department led to quick law enforcement intervention. Through the efforts of the Investigative and Intelligence resources, additional information was generated. As always, we appreciate public cooperation with ongoing investigations and encourage residents to report any suspicious or concerning information.”