Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Melrose Police Charge Juvenile Following Incident at High School
MELROSE — Police Chief Michael L. Lyle reports that the Melrose Police Department charged a student following an incident at Melrose High School this morning.
A 16-YEAR-OLD MALE JUVENILE, OF MELROSE, is charged with Disrupting a School Assembly and Assault and Battery on a Police Officer. He was scheduled to be arraigned at Cambridge Juvenile Court today.
At approximately 9:30 a.m., administrators at MHS received a report that a male student may have made threats and may be in possession of a firearm.
School administrators immediately placed the school into lockdown mode, while the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School sheltered in place.
The School Resource Officer and administrators responded to the student’s classroom and detained the juvenile. After conducting a search of his person and backpack, no weapon was found.
Soon after speaking with police, the juvenile student became agitated and started to leave the building. Melrose Police pursued the student, who became aggressive and refused to comply with officers’ instructions.
Melrose Police eventually placed the student under arrest. During that process, one Melrose Police Officer suffered a leg injury and was treated and then released from a local hospital.
The lockdown was lifted at 9:45 a.m. and classes resumed as normal.
“I want to stress that there was never any danger to the community during this incident,” Chief Lyle said. “I commend faculty, staff, administrators, students and officers for their work today and know that our community shares its thoughts and well wishes for our injured officer as he recovers.”