FITCHBURG — Fitchburg High School was placed on lockdown Monday after staff received a report of an armed 17-year-old student on school grounds.
The threat was reported at 9:30 a.m. through the STOPit application, a mobile app designed for students to report incidents anonymously. Following the report, Fitchburg High School staff contacted the Fitchburg Police Department.
“Out of an abundance of caution the school administration placed the school into lockdown, and a search of the building was conducted by officers from our department in an effort to locate the aforementioned student,” said a press release from the Fitchburg Police Department signed by Chief Ernest Martineau.
According to police, shortly after the lockdown began, the student was located with three other students in the library.
Police found a pocket knife on the 17-year-old student and arrested him for Carrying a Dangerous Weapon on School Grounds.
Another student, a 16-year-old male had a kitchen knife on him. He was also arrested for Carrying a Dangerous Weapon on School Grounds.
According to Fitchburg police, the students were taken into custody without incident.
After the students were arrested, Fitchburg police determined that there was “no active or ongoing threat” and the school’s staff ended the lockdown and returned to business as usual.
The incident remains under investigation by detectives with the Fitchburg Police Department.
The names of the arrested students will not be released because they are minors.