‘Snapchat’ post prompts Durfee lockdown; student facing weapon charge

A social media post prompted school officials and police to place Durfee High School in Fall River under lockdown Monday morning. (Photo: Dave Wiggins | WPRI 12)

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A student at Fall River’s B.M.C. Durfee High School is facing several charges after a photo of a BB gun prompted a lockdown Monday morning.

According to a release from the superintendent’s office, a student posted a photo of a gun with the caption “Life at Durfee” on a social media site.

“We immediately investigated and determined that there may be a student in possession of a firearm in school and notified the police,” the release stated.

Police said the photo was posted on Snap Chat and featured a logo that denoted the picture was taken in the building or very close.

The superintendent’s office said during the investigation they determined the student suspected of having the firearm had left school grounds. When police went to the student’s home, police arrested the student – a 15-year-old boy – and confiscated a BB gun – which they determined was the gun in the photo.

Police said the student would be charged with carrying/possessing a dangerous weapon on school grounds; minor in possession of a BB gun; disturbing the peace while armed; and disturbing a school assembly.

At that time, the superintendent’s office said the lockdown was lifted and classes resumed. Parents were allowed to dismiss their children if they so wished.

The superintendent’s office said starting Tuesday morning it’s taking several security measures, including:

  • Students and staff will only be allowed to enter the building through the main entrance
  • Students will be required to wear IDs at all times
  • Metal detectors and wands will be used upon entering the building
  • Increased police presence at the school

“We will continue to be vigilant and will not tolerate behavior that compromises the safety of our students and staff,” the superintendent’s office said. “We thank those students who had the courage to come forth and alert us of this potential danger which in turn allowed us to take swift action.

Last week, police searched the school after someone made a threat on a group text message. Police deemed that threat not credible and said the person responsible would face punishment.

“As a school community, we are so much better than the unsafe behavior demonstrated by some students. We look forward to a safe return to our routine tomorrow,” the release concluded.