Forest Lake Area High School placed a "hold" on students and faculty following a student who brought an Airsoft gun to school on Friday, March. 18.
A student reported to a school resource officer that another student allegedly had brought a weapon to school just before 8 a.m., according to Superintendent Steve Massey. Holds, which are not as restrictive as a lockdown and are issued to reduce movement through the school, prohibited anyone from entering the building and required everyone to get into a classroom, lock the doors and clear the halls, according to the protocols.
“In this case we had the student immediately in the office. … In order to just contain things until we had a better sense of what was going on, we just put a hold on the system,” Massey said.
The Forest Lake Police Department investigated the threat and discovered the alleged student brought in two Airsoft pistols with no BBs, according to the statement Principal Jim Caldwell sent to parents.
At the time of the incident, SROs Megan Olstad and Tom Coulter helped resolve the situation within 10 minutes of the hold placement on the school. The officers corresponded with other patrol units in the area and deemed the threat non-credible.