OPD: 14-year-old student responsible for gun threat, lockdown

Oswego High School was the site of a lockdown Wednesday but police and district officials say they've caught the suspect who allegedly called in a fake 911 gun threat.

OSWEGO — The Oswego City Police Department say they’ve identified their suspect in the phoned-in gun threat Wednesday that disrupted the first day of city schools.

According to a release from Oswego Police Chief Tory DeCaire, his department’s School Resource Officer embedded at Oswego High School (OHS), along with Oswego City School District officials, conducted an investigation that ultimately led to the suspect.

The identity of the 14-year-old OHS student is not being released due to his age, DeCaire said.

Police said the student will be processed through the juvenile justice system on a charge that, if committed by an adult, “would amount to falsely reporting an incident in the third degree” and further administrative action by the district is possible.

On Wednesday, Sept. 4, school officials placed OHS and adjacent Frederick Leighton Elementary School into lockdown protocol due to a call made to 911 reporting a gun at Oswego High School.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the situation and swept the school with canine units before giving the all-clear signal shortly after 11 a.m.

“I was confident since the incident that Sergeant Burger and the Oswego Police Department would catch the suspect,” said Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey, referring to School Resource Officer Sgt. Lorie Burger of the Oswego Police Department who conducted the investigation that ultimately identified the suspect.

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