The Auburn High School was placed in a ‘soft lockdown’ and a former student is under arrest Thursday morning after online video threats surfaced, according to school and police officials.
Auburn Police Department School Resource Officer Brian Kennedy and other officers responded to the Auburn High School shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday morning for a report of threats made against the school and its students via a Snapchat account of a former student, Marcus A. Rodriguez 18, of Auburn.
In a statement posted on the APD Facebook page, police stated “Rodriguez was observed in videos making direct threats of the use of firearms against students at the high school. Rodriguez is very well known to the department as he had been arrested as recently as yesterday on motor vehicle charges and again on May 23, 2016 after causing a disturbance in the lobby of the police station after Officer Tarentino’s murder.”
“After verifying the information learned from AHS administrators, officers proceeded to the Rodriguez home at 26 Warren Road where Mr. Rodriguez was taken into custody.
“Rodriguez will be arraigned in the Worcester District Court on charges of Threatening the Use or Presence of an Explosive or Firearm in a School or Public Building and Threatening to Commit a Crime (Murder) as well as Disturbing a School Assembly.
“Although the school was placed into a soft lockdown as a precaution, no weapons were located at the time of the arrest.”