NEWBURYPORT -- Newburyport High School was locked down for over two hours this morning as police investigating an email sent to a school administrator claiming everyone in the building was going to die at 8:30 a.m., according to a police source.
While a Newburyport police spokesperson declined to comment on the contents of the email, a police officer standing guard outside the Toppans Lane entrance was heard telling a frantic parent what the email claimed was going to happen.
As a precaution, students were ordered to stay in their classrooms as multiple bomb sniffing K-9 teams searched the school. At the same time, student backpacks and lockers were placed outside the classrooms and searched. As a result, a male juvenile was placed under arrest after police found a butterfly knife among his belongings. The student's arrest was not related to the threat.
Police have not confirmed whether they have found and arrested the student who made the threat. Students inside the building told The Daily News that three more arrests were made, but this has not been confirmed by police.
Police from Newburyport, Amesbury, Merrimac, Newbury, West Newbury and Salisbury, as well as the State Police, responded to the scene. Helicopters seen buzzing over the city were television news helicopters.
Mayor Donna Holaday praised the police and school department for their quick and thorough response to the threat, calling their efforts "flawless.'
By 11 a.m. the school was declared safe and students were allowed to leave their classrooms and resume their school day.