FHS put on lockdown, juvenile arrested

The Fairfield High School was put on lockdown Wednesday afternoon after a person was reported to have brought a gun into the school.

A 14-year-old male juvenile was arrested in relation to the case and charged with first degree harassment. According to a news release from Superintendent Laurie Noll, the school went on lockdown at 1:20 p.m. and returned to normal routine by 1:23 p.m.

The incident that prompted the lockdown was a current student letting a former student into the building.

“A threat was made that the former student had a gun,” Noll wrote in the news release. “Students reported this information to staff. Police were called and the high school was placed on lockdown.”

The former student fled the school. He was apprehended by police in the 700 block of East Broadway, about one block from the high school.

Fairfield Police Chief David Thomas said there is no ongoing threat to the community. He declined to comment on whether the juvenile arrested was armed, saying it is part of an active investigation.

Due to its proximity to the high school, Washington Elementary School was also placed on lockdown. Fairfield Middle School and Pence Elementary School were not affected.