Report leads to lockdown at Columbia Senior High School in Maplewood

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Michelle Charlesworth is at the school in Maplewood, NJ with the latest details. (WABC)

An apparent confrontation led authorities in Maplewood, New Jersey to place Columbia Senior High School on lockdown for more than an hour on Monday afternoon.

The lockdown began around 1:00 p.m. after staff inside the school called Maplewood police about a report of a person with a weapon.

Acting Superintendent James Memoli said Maplewood Police Department ordered the lockdown as a precautionary measure.

"We conducted a room by room search. We did get information about the suspects who would have been involved in this. We did identify one student. We found that student in a classroom. He was placed under arrest in that classroom. He was in possession of brass knuckles," Maplewood Police Chief Bob Cimino said.

Investigators were looking for a second person.

As word spread on social media, concerned parents began showing up and lining the sidewalks outside the school.

"From what they (students) understand, there was a confrontation between a kid with brass knuckles, who got arrested, and another kid with a grudge who either had a knife or a gun, but they do not know where he is," Stacie Levy, mother of a freshman at the school, said.

Police say the second suspect is not believed to be a student.

The lockdown ended around 2:20 p.m. No one was injured and students returned to class.

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