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14-Year-Old Brought Into Custody for Weapons Complaint at Highlands Middle School

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KENNEWICK, WA. -- Police put Highlands Middle School in Kennewick into lockdown for more than an hour for what officers are calling a weapons complaint.

We don't know exactly what happened because it's still an on-going investigation. The Kennewick School District tells us a student reported what's being a called a potential weapons complaint after a text message.

Police put Highlands Middle School on high alert this morning until they took a 14-year-old student into custody for questioning. 

Administrators released students at Highlands Middle School early Friday. Earlier in the morning, a classmate tipped off police to a threatening text message only described  as a "potential weapons complaint". 

Parents like Nichole Ball were alerted to the threat by district text message.

"I started shaking," Ball said. "I was scared for my son. I didn't know what was going on. I didn't know why they went on lockdown. I just rushed over here and sat out here waiting to hear or see what was going on."

For about an hour Friday morning, teachers held students in lockdown as Richland and Kennewick Police investigated the weapons threat involving a student they discovered was off campus in Richland. 

"There were a lot of kids crying," Abbigail Estrader said. "And some of us started to pray and stuff. It was actually very scary."

Despite her young age, Abbigail showed maturity in her thoughts on what that student may be going through. 

"I think they have reasons like maybe they're depressed or upset about people bullying them," Abbigail said. 

Even though everyone is OK, for parents, the morning was extremely tense. 

"It's a relief," Ball said. "It's a hue relief to know he's OK."

Police say the 14-year-old was the lone suspect and the only reason the school went in lockdown. There was no other known threat to the students and that's why the lockdown was lifted. 

As for Abbigail, showing the amazing ability of kids to move on immediately, she told me she and her friends were going to head to McDonalds to get some fries. 

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