Frontier Middle School conducted ‘hold in place’ after student brought gun to school


HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — Frontier Middle School conducted a “hold in place” Tuesday morning, but didn’t offer much explanation behind the incident. Wednesday, the school revealed the cause: A student brought a firearm into the building.

“Consistent with our safety procedures, the student was separated form the firearm, the firearm was secured, and we involved the Hamburg Police Department, which responded immediately to completely resolve the incident,” Superintendent Christopher Swiatek wrote in a letter to families Wednesday.

Swiatek added that the student who brought the weapon to school “is now in custody awaiting disposition by the authorities.” The rest of the building was searched after the incident.

Swiatek also sent a letter to families Tuesday to let them know of the situation, saying it was “an isolated incident.”

“The incident was quickly resolved and the building was immediately secured,” Swiatek wrote.

The hold in place was lifted shortly after 10:30 a.m. and the day continued on as normal.

The school initially said federal and state laws prevented them from providing more details, but no one was injured.

The superintendent at Frontier is also addressing a threat seen on Instagram and Snapchat. He says the threat did not come from a Frontier building or a student.

He says police are working with law enforcement in other communities to resolve the situation.

This story has been updated.

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