Norfolk County

Hoax gun report prompts ‘safe mode’ at Brighton school

BOSTON — A Brighton school was placed in “safe mode” for nearly an hour Friday afternoon after a fake report was made stating a person in the building had a gun.

Boston Police say they received a 911 call that a person was carrying a firearm inside the Mary Lyon K-12 Upper School. The school was immediately placed in “safe mode” and authorities quickly responded to the scene.

“Safe mode” is a protocol used when students are in close proximity to unsafe situations, where students and staff are required to stay in the building while a safety team responds, according to officials.

An ensuing investigation determined the 911 call was a hoax and there was no gun present in the building. The school’s “safe mode” was lifted after 45 minutes.

“We would like to thank our school staff, safety services, and the Boston Police for their vigilance and quick response to this matter,” Superintendent Mary Skipper said in a statement. “We also would like to recognize that the student responsible for the false report was experiencing a mental health crisis and we urge our community to recognize the challenges that our young people are currently facing. On Monday, clinical supports will be available to students to process the incident and determine what additional supports are needed.”

There were no reports of any injuries. Parents were notified in a letter of the incident.

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