Authorities said they found an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle at the home of a student who posted a “threatening” video Tuesday night on YouTube.
The teenage boy, who attends Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School, is being evaluated and will not return to school until the investigation is complete, police said.
Neither Providence school officials or the police would describe the video, but said it was enough to prompt an investigation. Providence police met with the teen and his guardians Wednesday morning.
“Due to the swift actions of PPD, in collaboration with the resource officers at the school, the weapon has been secured and there remains no threat to Alvarez or any Providence Public School,” Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré and Police Chief Colonel Hugh T. Clements Jr. said in a joint statement Wednesday night. “We take matters like this very seriously and given national trends, investigate every credible threat thoroughly.”