Security increased at Durfee High following student’s arrest

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) — Fall River school officials were hoping for a smoother start to the day at Durfee High School on Wednesday after implementing new security measures.

School officials said it took them nearly three hours on Tuesday to screen students using metal detectors and wands.

The added security was put in place after a student’s post on social media led to an arrest.

According to the superintendent’s office, the student posted a photo of a firearm on Snapchat while inside the school. Police later went to the student’s home, confiscated the weapon – which turned out to be a BB gun – and took the 15-year-old into custody.

Police said the teen will be facing charges of carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds, being a minor in possession of a BB gun, disturbing the peace while armed, and disturbing a school assembly.

Durfee High took several steps the following day to increase security. On Tuesday, students and staff were only allowed to enter the building through the main entrance before being screened.

Because of the congestion and confusion, students on Wednesday were allowed to use more than one entrance to the school.