Report of juvenile and possible weapon sparked containment steps

A report of a juvenile male, possibly with a handgun, sparked Tuesday’s crisis situation that led to a number of Forest Lake schools being placed on containment status, meaning no one from the outside would be allowed inside. The incident developed around 2:31 p.m. when a parent alerted Washington County authorities that his son may be a threat to himself and possibly had a weapon.

Forest Lake Capt. Greg Weiss said the youth was believed to be on Goodview Avenue between Forest Lake High School and Century Junior High, according to three citizen reports. After the report was made, Weiss said schools initiated the containment procedure within a minute, following established protocol.

The District Office Building, the Central Learning Center, Forest Lake and Forest View elementary schools were later placed under containment procedures. St. Peter’s Elementary School and Lakes International Language Academy, which are not part of the ISD 831 system, did not commence containment procedures, Weiss said.

The containment order was lifted by 3:40 p.m. and the afternoon transportation of students to their homes was able to resume.

Weiss said the youth in question was located by police at approximately 4:20 p.m. on the north side of Forest Lake along Highway 61 near the Highway 8 overpass. Weiss did not have information on the boy’s age or specific address, but said he was from this area.

The school incident had no connection to another police incident Tuesday afternoon on Heath Avenue north of TH-97 where officers were called to check on the welfare of a man who was reportedly depressed and had guns in the house. Numerous police officers and medical personnel were on scene from 1:51 until just after 4 p.m., but cleared when it became evident to officers that the man was not a threat, Weiss said.