Milton middle school put on lockdown after student mistook phone charger for a weapon

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MILTON — Pierce Middle School went into lockdown Wednesday after a student reported an adult in the building “may have had a weapon," which turned out to be a staff member carrying a phone charger.

It took Milton police and school administrators about 30 minutes to investigate the incident, which was reported shortly before 9 a.m.

Pierce Middle School will close for two weeks following several COVID-19 cases. Greg Derr/The Patriot Ledger
Pierce Middle School will close for two weeks following several COVID-19 cases. Greg Derr/The Patriot Ledger

"Although this incident caused a lockdown, inflicted fear and anxiety for our students, staff and parents/guardians, I am pleased to report that nobody was physically harmed," Milton Public Schools Superintendent James Jette said in a statement. "I would like to applaud all students and staff for following our lockdown procedures and protocols."

Jette said the district takes any suspicion of a weapon in a building very seriously.

The lockdown comes in the same week that security was upped at several South Shore schools, including in Norwell, due to social media threats.

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