School lockdown leads to misdemeanor weapons citation

Clint Riese
Staff Writer

A Forest Lake High School student was cited with a misdemeanor charge for possession of a dangerous weapon on Wednesday following a scare at the high school.

The building was locked down from about 11:25 a.m. to noon after staff received reports of a student being in possession of a gun.

The Forest Lake Police Department responded and shortly located the student in question near the Moto Mart at 1898 S. Lake St. The adult male was cooperative with authorities. He was found to be in possession of a pocket knife and nunchucks, but did not possess a gun.

The suspect did not display the weapons or make threats at the school, said FLPD Capt. Greg Weiss. He was released to a relative at the police department Wednesday afternoon.

“We are pleased to report that our staff acted very quickly and effectively in response to this situation, and our internal security measures functioned as designed,” said a statement from the school district. “Police responded immediately to the call and they were extremely efficient in locating this individual.”

Lockdown protocol was also implemented at the nearby Century Junior High and district office buildings as a precaution.

The incident marked the second lockdown at the high school in just over two months.