5 students in police custody after Essex Valley School lockdown

Police were seen walking five students in handcuffs

Police were seen walking five students in handcuffs from the Essex Valley School in West Caldwell after a police investigation prompted a lockdown Wednesday. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

WEST CALDWELL - Police were seen walking five students in handcuffs from the Essex Valley School in West Caldwell after a police investigation prompted a lockdown Wednesday.

Authorities say a student told a staff member at around noon that they saw another student with a gun at the school for children with emotional and behavioral problems.

Students were released from the building after 4 p.m.

Authorities say Clinton Road and Henderson Drive were closed in the area as police brought in K-9 officers and conducted a room-by-room search at the school.

The issue did not extend outside of the building and no other schools or businesses were involved, according to a text alert sent out by the West Caldwell Police Department.

Police did not say what they were investigating, but officers from at least three neighboring communities were on the scene. 

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