Teen arrested on making false report after Central High lockdown


A 15-year-old is facing charges of rendering a false alarm and false reporting to law enforcement Monday after Tuscaloosa Police were called to Central High School after a false 911 call.

Tuscaloosa Police said 911 dispatchers received a phone call claiming there was an active shooter at Central High just after noon. The caller hung up and did not answer when dispatchers tried calling back.

The school was immediately placed on lockdown while the school resource officer and another officer on the scene began searching for active threats. In all, nearly 30 officers, investigators and Tuscaloosa Police Chief Brent Blankley responded to the school.

Police said they quickly determined the threat was unfounded, and the Tuscaloosa City Schools systemwide lockdown ended at 1 p.m.

The teen was in custody by 1:45 p.m., and investigators with the department’s Youth Aid Division interviewed and then charged him Monday afternoon.

“TPD treats these situations very seriously, and we will track down the source of any false reports regarding our schools,”said Blankley. “A claim like the one made today doesn’t just disrupt the school day. It’s frightening for the students and staff who are forced to go on lockdown, for their parents and the community.”

The student is currently detained at the Tuscaloosa County Juvenile Detention Center pending a court hearing on the two misdemeanor charges.

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