TENAFLY, N.J. – An unfamiliar substitute teacher caused a brief lockdown of Tenafly High School on Wednesday, authorities said.
A student reported seeing “an unfamiliar adult male in the building wearing a black hooded jacket and carrying a wheeled suitcase behind him,” Capt. Michael deMoncada said.
The student notified school officials, who alerted the police school resource officer.
Police supervisors decided to lock down the school until they could locate the person and verify his intentions, deMoncada said.
After spotting him on surveillance cameras, officers found the teacher in a classroom a short time later, the captain said.
The lockdown was lifted at 1:05 p.m.
“The Tenafly Police Department would like to commend the student for taking the appropriate action by ‘seeing something, and saying something’,” deMoncada said. “We are all grateful that this was an innocent misunderstanding and [are] proud of the response by our school officials and our officers.”