Gun scare prompts lockdown at schools in Middle Twp., N.J.

February 28, 2014 8:27:12 AM PST
A gun scare prompted the lockdown of several schools in Middle Township, New Jersey Friday morning.

It was 7:45 a.m. when police responded to Middle Township Middle School for the report of a gun observed in a student's backpack.

Police say a student told the school principal that a bag left outside the library contained a handgun.

The principal notified the school security director. However, when they went to the library the bag was gone.

As a precaution Middle Township Middle School and High School, as well as Elementary 1 and 2, were immediately put into lockdown and the police were called.

After reviewing security footage, authorities were able to identify the student who allegedly had the weapon. The student was secured without incident and it was then determined that the weapon was in fact an airsoft pellet gun.

Police say at this point the investigation is ongoing and that charges are pending.

No one was injured in the incident.

The schools are now open and will continue to run as a normal day.