UPDATED: Lockdown Lifted at Framingham High, McAuliffe Charter and Other Schools As Police Have Suspect in Custody

Originally published at 9:40 a.m. Updated at 9:47 p.m. to change headline to include multiple schools. Updated at 10:31 a.m. about suspect located and headline changed again. Updated at 11:07 a.m. with quote from Lt. Grigas. Updated at 11:57 a.m. with statement from the Mayor’s office. Last updated with notice from Framingham Public Schools at 12:30 p.m.

UPDATE: The lockdown at several Framingham schools has been lifted as Framingham Police have a suspect in custody. There was never a threat inside any of the schools, the lockdown was a precaution as police were looking for a suspect.

An individual was identified, and the item was a BB gun, said Framingham Police Lt. Patricia Grigas.

The incident is under investigation, said Lt. Grigas.

“This letter is to inform you about a lockdown that McAuliffe had on Thursday morning, May 23 at 9:30 a.m. Our school is committed to the safety and education of all our students. We also want to clearly communicate with parents about safety issues when they arise,” said McAuliffe Charter School Executive Director Harrison, in an email to parents.

“This morning, the Framingham Police Department received notice that there was an individual with a gun in our local area. As a precaution the police advised McAuliffe to go into lockdown until the individual was located. At no point was there a threat made against McAuliffe or any members of the McAuliffe community,” said Harrison.

“Some of you may have heard or seen reports about a lockdown at the Christa McAuliffe Charter School. For those that haven’t and for an update to our community, there was a report of a man with a rifle near the McAuliffe Charter School this morning. Framingham Police have the gun and the suspect in custody,” said Superintendent Bob Tremblay in an email to parents just after 10:30 a.m.

“Framingham Police responded quickly and set up a perimeter. Schools were asked to shelter in place or to be locked down by the Framingham Police Department as a precautionary measure. That request has since been cleared and schools have resumed normal activity,” said Tremblay.

Framingham Public Schools did not identify which schools were on lockdown or had a shelter in place, but SOURCE confirmed as of 11:30 a.m., the following did have one: Framingham High, Dunning Elementary and Stapleton Elementary.

Editor’s Note: In full transparency, my daughter was at Framingham High during the incident today. I did not receive a message from the school system until 10:39 a.m. and it never mentioned my daughter’s school was on lock down.

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The Mayor’s office issued a press release after 11:45 a.m. It stated

The Christa McAuliffe Charter School, located at 139 Newbury Street in
Framingham, was on lockdown this morning after a suspicious male was reported to have a rifle in a nearby yard.

The Framingham Police Department responded, and the School was placed on lockdown as a precaution. It was later discovered that the weapon was a BB gun, and the individual was on his own property. The school is no longer on lockdown.

“I want to commend the people who saw something and said something,” said Deputy Chief Ronald S. Brandolini. “By calling the Framingham Police Department immediately, we were able to identify the individual and make a determination that there was no threat.”

Just before 12:30 p.m. this message was sent to parents from the Framingham Public Schools:

When situations arise, there is a tricky balance between informing our community in a timely manner and ensuring we have the most up-to-date information. In the interest of time, we shared what information we had. A couple of things to note:

  • Not all schools were locked down or implemented a shelter-in-place. The request to do so was made by the Framingham Police Department while they investigated based on the perimiter of the geographical area being searched.
  • Schools that were notified were put in Safe Mode which means that classes were resuming, but no one was allowed to enter or exit the buildings.
  • What was originally reported as a rifle (by the Framingham Public Schools) was later confirmed to be a BB gun.

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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham High School, the Christa McAuliffe Charter School in Framingham, and possibly other Framingham schools are all on lockdown due to a search for a suspect by Framingham Police.

There was an “external threat” received, according to the Christa McAuliffe school message sent to parents.

Scanner has the threat in the neighborhood and not at the school, but school on lockdown as a precaution.

McAuliffe Charter School said police are investigating a potentially dangerous individual in the area.

Framingham Police are investigating, according to the school.

Police are onsite at the school, and will release the lockdown when it is safe.

SOURCE has a call into Framingham Police for an update.

The lockdown now also includes Framingham High School, and a couple of other Framingham Public Schools.

The McAuliffe school sent out an alert to parents just after 9:30 a.m., and said every one is safe. The school is still on lockdown as of 9:55 a.m.

SOURCE will update when we have more facts.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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