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Police say girl's story about Concord High incident was 'a complete fabrication'

  • Authorities closed off Warren Street in Concord, New Hampshire after responding to an incident where a potentially armed person was at Concord High School on Tuesday night, April 30, 2013, <br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    Authorities closed off Warren Street in Concord, New Hampshire after responding to an incident where a potentially armed person was at Concord High School on Tuesday night, April 30, 2013,

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

  • Armed officers cross the perimeter set up around Concord High School on Tuesday night, April 30, 2013. Police were responding to incident where a potentially armed person was reported at Concord High School.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Armed officers cross the perimeter set up around Concord High School on Tuesday night, April 30, 2013. Police were responding to incident where a potentially armed person was reported at Concord High School.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Sierra Morris, 16, a junior at Concord High School, was coming back from a lacrosse game when police had set a perimeter around the school. Local and state authorities responded to an incident where a potentially armed person was at Concord High School on Tuesday night, April 30, 2013, <br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    Sierra Morris, 16, a junior at Concord High School, was coming back from a lacrosse game when police had set a perimeter around the school. Local and state authorities responded to an incident where a potentially armed person was at Concord High School on Tuesday night, April 30, 2013,

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

  • 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.

  • Armed officers go file into Concord High School on Tuesday night, April 30, 2013. Authorities were responding to incident where a potentially armed person was reported at Concord High School.

    Armed officers go file into Concord High School on Tuesday night, April 30, 2013. Authorities were responding to incident where a potentially armed person was reported at Concord High School.

  • Local and state authorities responded to an incident where a potentially armed person was at Concord High School on Tuesday night, April 30, 2013, <br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    Local and state authorities responded to an incident where a potentially armed person was at Concord High School on Tuesday night, April 30, 2013,

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

  • Local and state authorities responded to an incident where a potentially armed person was at Concord High School on Tuesday night, April 30, 2013, <br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    Local and state authorities responded to an incident where a potentially armed person was at Concord High School on Tuesday night, April 30, 2013,

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

  • Authorities closed off Warren Street in Concord, New Hampshire after responding to an incident where a potentially armed person was at Concord High School on Tuesday night, April 30, 2013, <br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)
  • Armed officers cross the perimeter set up around Concord High School on Tuesday night, April 30, 2013. Police were responding to incident where a potentially armed person was reported at Concord High School.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Sierra Morris, 16, a junior at Concord High School, was coming back from a lacrosse game when police had set a perimeter around the school. Local and state authorities responded to an incident where a potentially armed person was at Concord High School on Tuesday night, April 30, 2013, <br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)
  • 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.
  • Armed officers go file into Concord High School on Tuesday night, April 30, 2013. Authorities were responding to incident where a potentially armed person was reported at Concord High School.
  • Local and state authorities responded to an incident where a potentially armed person was at Concord High School on Tuesday night, April 30, 2013, <br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)
  • Local and state authorities responded to an incident where a potentially armed person was at Concord High School on Tuesday night, April 30, 2013, <br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

10:51 a.m.: The police say the girl who reported being threatened with a gun last night at Concord High School made up the story and could face charges for lying. Concord police Lt. Timothy O'Malley said at a press conference this morning that the report, made at about 7:35 p.m., of a man at the school having a gun was "a complete fabrication."

The police, after locking down the building and calling in a SWAT team, arrested an 18-year-old student at his Concord home and charged him with criminal threatening. Officials now say the man may not have even been at the school at the time the report was made.

"There appears to be some discrepancies in times but we are of the belief he probably left (the school) prior to this happening," O'Malley said.

Concord police Chief John Duval said detectives had probable cause to charge the man based off an initial interview with the girl. But he said her story didn't hold up on further questioning at the police department.

The man was in custody for about four hours, O'Malley said

This story will be updated.

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9:21 a.m.: The police have dropped the charges filed last night against a Concord High School student accused of pointing a gun at another student. Officials say the 16-year-old girl who reported being threatened lied about parts of the story.

The report of an armed student at the school, made at about 7:35 p.m. yesterday, prompted officials to place the school in lockdown as police officers and a SWAT team searched the building. An 18-year-old man was arrested shortly after at his home in Concord and charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, a Class B felony, the police said.

“Detectives assigned to the case conducted a follow up interview with the alleged victim,” the police wrote in a press release this morning. “As a result of this interview, detectives determined that the victim had lied about events and that the incident had not occurred as originally reported. The original suspect was subsequently released from custody and is currently facing no charges.”

In an email alert sent out to parents of Concord High School students this morning Principal Gene Connolly reported that there was no gun involved in the incident. "It was alleged that the individual had a gun, but it has since been confirmed that he did not," Connolly wrote. "It was a false report that has been recanted."

Connolly said that the school was thoroughly searched by local and state police. "Nothing was found," he said.

The police will hold a press conference at about 10 a.m. to provide further details. Check in with concordmonitor.com for updates on this story as they unfold.

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @tricia_nadolny.)

Legacy Comments6

The young man in question was immediately arrested with no investigation done. It wasn't until he was arrested and placed in lock-up that the cops investigated the claims. The girl may be charged with lying? There is more than probable cause to have her arrested and charged! What I see here is a the ol double standard. Had I male lied like that, he would be immediately charged. The girl needs to made an example of. Plain and simple. Let her spend those four hours in lock-up

Why is the girl NOT facing charges and why are her parents not being given a bill for the cost of this fiasco. Her school year should be ended, she should be placed on house arrest and allowed to go back to school next year and wear a scarlet letter "L" for Liar. If we take harder action and deliver consequences, we might have a more civil society.

Expelled, no that is not going to happen, she will get some counseling at the request of our very liberal school admin. Officials then they will apologize to her! You see, unlike some other instances that happen in schools all across the country, we are not talking about some 6 or 7 year old who is suspended for weeks because he brought a small cub scout pocket knife to school or some other lame thing. Principals love to show how tough they are in those cases. But here no, lets just say she had a lapse in good judgment and leave it at that.

The young man who was accused did nothing wrong. So he should have no issue going to school. As far as the young lady, she does need to make amends. I suggest some community service. As far as not being able to afford to pay for the expensive services, I suggest a payment plan monthly. We got some whacked out parents out there who seem to have a problem teaching their kids the basics about lying, maybe even cheating and stealing. And we wonder why our teachers cannot get through to these kids.

If it turns out that this student has lied, should she be expelled? Hope her family is required to pay all the incurred costs.

Expelled? She'll probably be too ashamed to return and need to attend a different school. As to costs, they will be high. But the family may be in no position to pay. And the young man? Will he be able to finish the year & graduate at Concord High? I see expensive home tutoring or out of district placement in their futures.

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