Disorderly Conduct / Lockdown at MAUHS

Disorderly Conduct / Lockdown at Mount Anthony Union High School.
On October 28, 2021, at approximately 10:50AM, the Bennington Police Department received a report of three young males in the area of Congress Street that were acting in a suspicious manner. The males appeared to be students and one of the males was overheard making a threatening comment involving the safety of students at Mount Anthony Union High School. The male displayed some type of object in his waistband that was reported to be a firearm or an edged weapon. Members of the Bennington Police Department responded to the area while a member of the communications staff at the police department notified administration at Mount Anthony Union High School.
Members of the Bennington Police Department worked with the Mount Anthony Union High School and Southwest Tech Incident Command Team in securing the perimeter around the school. The school and tech center were placed in an emergency lockdown. During a search of County Street, Congress Street and Park Street, members of the Bennington Police Department located the male individuals matching the description of the suspicious males as reported. The males were located as they approached the campus off of the flood wall and were detained by the police.
All three males were searched and no weapons were located. The 17-year-old male juvenile that made the original threat was taken into custody and transported to the Bennington Police Department for processing. Following processing for the offense of disorderly conduct, the juvenile was released into the custody of the Department of Children and Families. Members of the Bennington Police Department actively searched the area where the juveniles had been and did not locate a weapon.
Members of the Bennington Police Department worked with the Incident Command Team at Mount Anthony Union High School transitioning from the lockdown resuming normal operations at the school. There are no ongoing threats at Mount Anthony Union High School. The school is safe and an officer remained on the campus throughout the remainder of the school day.
Once the students were cleared to resume normal operations, Chief Paul Doucette and Lt. Camillo Grande met with a group of concerned parents outside of the school. We understand the concerns of parents and family members, but please understand these incidents are fluid and require personnel to focus on the task at hand in order to come to a safe and successful resolution.
The Bennington Rescue Squad was placed on standby in the area of Mount Anthony Union High School during the search of the area.