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Police: Weapons Scare at Cranston East Turns Up No Guns

A student overheard two students talking and making mention of a gun and sent a parent a text message. The school went into lockdown briefly.

Cranston Police conducted a weapons search during a lockdown at Cranston High School East this morning after one student reportedly heard two others make mention of a gun.

Cranston Police Chief Marco Palombo Jr. said the incident unfolded around 10:40 a.m. and no weapons were found.

Police said the student who overheard the comment about a gun sent a text message to a parent, who then contacted school officials.

"The school administration worked very quickly and closely with Cranston Police School Resource Officer Matthew Davis, and the students who were believed to be involved were quickly removed from class to be questioned," Palombo said. "The investigation included the questioning of three 16-year-old students and a search of their lockers and backpacks."

School administrators secured all of the rooms that any of the students had been in during the day so they could be searched. A canine officer arrived at the school with a dog trained in firearms detection to help in the search. 

The three students believed to be involved in the incident were questioned and released to their parents.

Suzanne Arena December 17, 2012 at 09:19 PM
3 involved were Questioned and released to their parents. Really, that is it? Accountability and consequences - does thia mean anything???? This is sickening to hear on the coat tails of this weekend.
nicole fine December 17, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I understand the sensitivity of this issue, but a student OVERHEARD 2 other students talking, so we don't know what the context of their conversation was, or even if they were overheard correctly. I support the actions of the CHSE administration of their actions. Ms. Arena, what do you feel would be an appropriate consequence? I am more concerned about the sweeping under the rug of the drug selling situation that went on today as well. Where are the drug sniffing dogs????
Native RI'er December 17, 2012 at 09:40 PM
It is most certainly possible that the student who OVERHEARD the mention of a gun had good reason to believe that the particular students that were OVERHEARD weren't joking around. Many students are involved in illegal "extracurricular" activities that are not noticed. So much focus is being placed on the "Race to the Top" that many things are being swept under the rug.
Suzanne Arena December 17, 2012 at 09:57 PM
If any student overhears and reports, they are to be commended in anyone's eyes. Obviously we can all agree the school admin acted as they should. Consequences & accountability are to take the situation as serious and get help and/or if it was a prank, then the consequences are a different emphasis of direction.
angie salvato December 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM
um we are the state that got rid of the scared straight program cause it was offending and scaring kids hello isn't that the point of the scared straight program
David Lafleche December 17, 2012 at 10:22 PM
On the other hand, some kids have been known to lie about things like this, just to duck a test.
Elana Carello December 17, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Can you elaborate regarding the 'drug selling situation'? I am not aware of that. Thank you.
richard tomlins December 17, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Congratulations to Chief Palumbo,his team and all school teachers and administrators. Everything must be taken as seriously as the act itself! Citizen Tomlins
Native RI'er December 17, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Exactly!!!!
Joe Richer December 18, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Cranston PD, thanks for your dilligence! To the students reporting. Thanks for doing the right thing!
Jennifer Huscox December 18, 2012 at 02:47 PM
It is good that they took it seriously!! How do you suspend or something else when it is 1 kids word against another.. They believed the kid who told and my son told me they took a kid he knows out with his hands behind his back. I asked him is that kid could do something like hurt someone. He said "mom he is always joking around, if he said it he was not serious.". I hope my son is right, but we have to believe in our kids. Never mind the fact that these kids got taken out by the principle and 4'or 5 police. Scared to death is what he had, and between that and the talk with them. I think many learned a valid lesson yesterday morning. I am very impressed with the swift and quick action of everyone involved. To the kid who texted his mom, thank you to you and mom for being brave enough to get help. If this was a serious situation you would have saved hundreds of kids. I am a mother who is very grateful to you! Take care
Vinnie B. December 18, 2012 at 09:09 PM
This reminds me of a scene from Meet the Parents where he can't even say the word Bomb on a plane. Now, someone hears the word gun and you want the book thrown at them. STFU.
Laura December 18, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Suzanne Arena they didn't find anything they got suspended for 10 days I go to their school I know them they searched everything but they never found a gun they did bust 2 seperate students who had marijuana on them this is the real story I go to their school
Elana Carello December 19, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Agreed.

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