For Immediate Release

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

MHS Briefly Placed on Lockdown Following Threat

Student Detained Following Altercation with Police Where Officer was Injured

MELROSE — Superintendent Cyndy Taymore and Police Chief Michael L. Lyle report that Melrose High School was briefly placed on lockdown following a threat this morning. A student was then detained by police, injuring an officer in the process..

The sequence of events is as follows:

  • At approximately 9:30 a.m., administrators at Melrose High School were informed by a parent that a male student may have a gun in the building.
  • MHS immediately went into a lockdown and the Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School went into a shelter in place. The Melrose Police Department was immediately notified.
  • The MHS School Resource Officer, along with school administrators, went to the classroom of the student in question and took him into custody, confiscating his backpack in the process.
  • Upon a search of the student, he had no weapons on his person or in his backpack.
  • When confronted, the student would not listen to the instructions of police and left the building. He was then detained by police outside MHS. During that altercation, a police officer was injured. The police officer was taken to Melrose Wakefield Hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.
  • The lock down and shelter in place were lifted at approximately 9:45 a.m. and classes resumed as normal.

Superintendent Taymore and Chief Lyle would like to stress that at no time was anyone in the schools or community in any danger and there was never a weapon in the building.


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