Police investigation turns up empty after New Jersey school put on lockdown

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WEST CALDWELL, N.J. (PIX11) —  There is some police tape at the school, but the investigators are gone after a search that lasted more than four hours on a school day at Essex Valley in West Caldwell, New Jersey.

A teacher was visibly shaken from her day at the Essex Valley School in West Caldwell, New Jersey.

Around 12 p.m. on Wednesday, the West Caldwell Police Department began an investigation after a staff member called police.


The school’s Assistant Director received information from a student that another student had a gun.

A lock-down went into in effect. State police arrived, police dogs and parents starting showing up.

“I just want to make sure my daughter is out and safe, and I’m very concerned,” said Valerie Chapman.

After hours of waiting and wondering, police said no guns were found at the school after a search.

Five detained students were released at the scene and charges are pending unrelated to the initial investigation.

On the school’s website, it said Essex Valley is a comprehensive therapeutic alternative school.

We reached out to the school for comment on the day’s events, but have not yet heard back.

The West Caldwell Police Department and all other assisting emergency response assets have completed the investigation at Essex Valley School, 1 Henderson Drive, West Caldwell, NJ.

After the school was cleared; the other students and staff completed the lockdown drill and the student transportation was coordinated by the school administration.

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