Social media threat prompts lockdown, Burrillville H.S. student charged

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (WPRI) — Before the school day began on Wednesday, Burrillville High School was placed on lockdown after administrators received information a student was possibly en route to school with a firearm.

According to Burrillville Police Maj. Dennis Leahey, a parent called the school, alerting officials about a social media post in which a student said he was going to school with a firearm.

As a precaution, officials briefly placed the school on lockdown and called the Burrillville Police Department.

Leahey said once officers determined the student in question was still on his way to school, they tracked down his school bus and took him into custody.

Leahey said police did not find a weapon in the student’s possession. However, he said a search of the student’s home resulted in the discovery of numerous firearms, which were seized by police.

The major said the student is “familiar” to police, but has nothing in his history similar to this incident.

Leahey said the student was arraigned in Rhode Island Family Court on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Leahey said the school just had a lockdown drill at the school last week and the process worked well Wednesday morning.