A student who triggered a lockdown by fleeing from a Bolingbrook High School resource officer was only carrying marijuana, police said.
Bolingbrook police officials initially said the high school was placed on lockdown Thursday morning when “a school resource officer notified he was in foot pursuit of a subject on school grounds.”
Police officials later clarified in a second statement about noon that the unidentified person was actually a student.
The school resource officer received information that a student may have been carrying a firearm and “made contact with the student,” police said.
“Upon being confronted, the student fled from the officer and ran out of the school building,” police said.
Following a brief foot pursuit, the officer apprehended the student but discovered the teen was not in possession of a firearm, police said. Instead, the officer found marijuana on the student, police said.
“A thorough search of the area was conducted. Charges are pending,” police said.
Bolingbrook High School was initially placed on hard lock down before transitioning to a soft lockdown, police said.
At the time police announced the school lockdown, Bolingbrook police Lt. Anthony Columbus said officers were still trying to determine why a person was running from the school resource officer.
“The subject was reaching towards their waistband as they fled from the officer and ran from school grounds,” Columbus said.