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BREAKING: Teen girl charged for making false gun allegations at Concord High

Bystanders watch authorities search Concord High School from Warren Street on Tuesday night, April 30, 2013. Authorities were responding to incident where a potentially armed person was reported at Concord High School.

Bystanders watch authorities search Concord High School from Warren Street on Tuesday night, April 30, 2013. Authorities were responding to incident where a potentially armed person was reported at Concord High School.

A 16-year-old Concord High student who alleged that another student had threatened her with a gun on school property on April 30 was charged this afternoon with a misdemeanor count of making a false report to law enforcement.

She will be arraigned within the next week at Concord’s juvenile court. The male student charged that night with felony criminal threatening was cleared hours later when the police determined the girl had made up the story.

Just after 7:30 p.m. on April 30, the Concord police responded to a report that one Concord High student had threatened another with a gun. At the time, the school was occupied by people in play rehearsal, band practices and cooking class, and several students were making a horror film. The school was evacuated and went into lockdown.

The Central New Hampshire Special Operations Unit also responded to the scene, and the area outside Concord High School was blocked off for nearly three hours. Rumors swirled on social media as student and bystanders speculated on what was happening inside the school.

That night, the 16-year-old girl also shared her story with the Monitor, saying the male student pulled a gun on her that evening. She said he threatened to shoot her and then ran away.

The police took the male student into custody later that evening at his home. The police later said the girl’s story began to fall apart that night during her second and third recounting of it to the police. The next day, the girl declined to comment to the Monitor , but her mother said she did not believe the police could bring charges against her daughter because she is a minor.

The Concord police alone spent $10,000 in the investigation that evening, Chief John Duval said the next day.

Full coverage of this story will be in tomorrow’s Monitor.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or kronayne@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @kronayne.)

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