An arrest has been made following reports of a threat that sent the school into lockdown at an Orange School Friday.

Superintendent Tari Thomas said the threat was reported around 7:41 a.m. Friday.

All students and staff were secured in place and continued with their classes as police investigated the 'non-specific' threat.

Orange Police Sgt. James Sullivan told Western Mass News Friday afternoon that a juvenile has been arrested in relation to the incident. No other information on the arrest was immediately available.

“The investigation is still active. And we are confident that there will be more charges pressed in the future,” said Sgt. Sullivan. “I’m confident in saying that their intent wasn’t to harm anybody,” he continued.

Officers had also been placed at both Dexter Park and Fisher Hill as a precaution.

Police said they are approaching the investigation with extra caution due to recent events nationwide.

Superintendent Thomas said she is confident there was no danger as a result of the incident and that all students and staff are safe.

There will be a continued police presence in and around the school in order to answer any questions or concerns.

"I wasn’t really concerned. But then the rumors started. And it started getting a little nerve-wracking. It was handled really well, the police handled it really well,” said Ethan Willard, a Freshman student.

The school and law enforcement said they believe they have a full understanding of the threat.

The investigation is on-going at this time by members of the Orange Police Department, with assistance by State Police and the Franklin County Sheriff's office.

“The sheriffs department has been good with the state and local police as far as getting into the schools in our county, and practice with our worst case scenario,” said Lt. Bob Haughey, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Students and staff regularly practice drills for emergency situations.

Western Mass News will continue to follow this situation and will provide updates as they become available.

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