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New Hampshire

October 1, 2013

Man faces charges in Sanborn gun threat

School locked down for nearly an hour

KINGSTON — A former Sanborn Regional High School student faces charges for threatening a student at the school with a gun yesterday.

The threat, reported to a school official at about 12:15 p.m., led to a lockdown of the school for nearly an hour as police from numerous departments responded.

New Hampshire State Police took a man and woman into custody at a Danville home, but later released the woman, according to Lt. Christopher Vetter. She was not involved in the incident and will not face charges, he said.

Vetter said the unidentified man remained in custody early yesterday evening as state police continued to investigate the incident and determine what charges he could face.

He would not release the suspect’s name nor the motive, but did say he was a former student who threatened someone else at the school.

Superintendent Brian Blake said a current student reported seeing a gun in a car in the parking lot and reported it to an administrator.

Blake said Kingston police were immediately notified. Nearly a dozen law enforcement agencies responded, including local police departments and the county sheriff’s department.

The local police departments included Kingston, Newton, Hampstead and Danville. Officers conducted an extensive search, Blake said.

“They determined there was no weapon on campus,” he said.

Vetter would not say if a weapon was confiscated off school property, including at the Danville home.

The lockdown ended by 1:15 p.m. and the school returned to its normal routine, Blake said.

He issued a notice to parents and other members of the community shortly before 1:30 p.m. to tell them the lockdown was over.

“We take the safety of our students very seriously and we will continue to work with our local authorities to ensure that our campus is a safe place for all,” Blake said.

Vetter praised the school’s staff and administration for their handling of the incident

“The school reacted appropriately and promptly,” Vetter said. “They did an outstanding job.”

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