DANVERS, Mass. (WWLP) – Students and staff were evacuated from St. John’s Prep in Danvers after a report of a person with a gun Monday afternoon. State Police have confirmed the incident was a hoax threat.
According to Massachusetts State Police, at around 1:49 p.m. Danvers Police along with State Police Troopers were called to St. John’s Preparatory on Spring Street for a report of a person with a gun inside the school. Upon arrival and immediate entry was made into the school by police, no threats were identified.
Several dozen local officers and State Police Troopers conducted two sweeps at the 175-acre school of approximately nine buildings and numerous athletic fields. The Massachusetts Police Air Wing assisted in clearing rooftops and located numerous students who ran from the school on their own in a wood line adjacent to the school.
No threats were identified at the school and no injuries were reported. Parents were reunited with their children at Stop and Shop located at 301 Newbury St (Route 1) in Danvers.
“Earlier this afternoon there was a report of an active shooter on campus at Benjamin Hall. Danvers and State police reported to campus and the school entered an enhanced lockdown protocol. We believe that St. John’s was the victim of a Swatting call. Everyone is safe, there have been no injuries and police are currently clearing campus buildings as we account for all students. We ask that parents do not come to campus at this time. Parents are asked to check their email for instructions on pickup,” according to the school’s website.
According to Massachusetts State Police Spokesperson Dave Procopio, a single, accidental discharge of a firearm by a responding Danvers officer was reported and is being investigated by the Danvers Police Department.