According to initial reports, the Danvers police department received a call at approximately 1:30 p.m. this afternoon. The caller informed the authorities about an armed individual inside the prestigious St. John’s Prep School, a highly respected educational institution located at 72 Spring Street in Danvers.
However, as officers diligently worked to clear the school building, a Danvers police officer’s weapon accidentally discharged. The sound of the gunfire reverberated through the premises, sparking heightened concerns and exacerbating the already tense atmosphere.
Officials quickly responded to the accidental discharge, treating it as a potential threat until the situation was fully assessed. Students and faculty members were advised to remain in their secure locations as law enforcement personnel immediately investigated the source of the gunshot and determined the incident to be an accidental discharge.
While the incident ultimately turned out to be a non-credible threat, it serves as a stark reminder of the importance of preparedness and vigilance in today’s society. St. John’s Prep, like many educational institutions across the nation, has implemented comprehensive safety measures to safeguard their students and staff.