The Albany High student who was able to sneak a BB gun on property Thursday, is being said to have done so by not using a standard security entry, according to a statement from Albany City Schools.
"I want to let you know that the student did not come into school through our standard security entries. An individual that we have identified let the student in through a side door. While our investigation indicates there was no malicious intent in allowing the student entry to the building, this was a serious breach of our security protocols," read the statement.
It continued, "I cannot emphasize enough that no one should open a door to allow anyone into the building unless it is through our standard security entries. We emphasized this with our students in a school-wide message from Vice Principal Roderick Gilmour III on Friday afternoon. When a person opens an outside door to let anyone into the building, it exposes them and everyone else in the building to a potentially serious security risk."
The statement also says that student has been suspended.
Officers were notified around 1:50 p.m. Thursday of a possible threat at Albany High. The school received a report of a student with a weapon on premises.
That student has been identified as a 17-year-old boy by police, and has been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon on school grounds, which is a violation.
The school was placed on lockdown and police say they engaged with the student in a classroom. They were also able to recover the gun.
Albany City Schools posted a statement just before 4 p.m. Thursday on Facebook. They say the lockdown at Albany High remained in effect until dismissal around 2:50 p.m. They noted after-school programs were cancelled.
"The safety and security of all of our students and staff at Albany High, and throughout the City School District of Albany, is a top priority. The school is cooperating with the police on the investigation, and conducting an urgent security investigation to find out how the weapon entered the building, and to review all safety procedures," read the statement.
The school district says they are still looking into how the weapon made it into the building. The high school noted they have metal detectors.
"We are encouraged by the fact that somebody reported this incident to us. It goes to show there are people who are being vigilant. In the coming days, we'll see what we can do to further enhance safety," said Steve Smith, Albany Police Department.
Thursday, officials were most curious of how the student entered the building with the gun.
"These matters are extremely serious and we take that responsibility extremely seriously," said Ron Lesko, Albany City Schools spokesman.
Albany City School officials say they are investigating how this occurred. According to administrators, the building does have metal detectors and it was in use.
"Obviously there was a breach in security at Albany high school today, that's a critical piece for us to investigate and that's the work that we are doing right now," Lesko said.
School officials are working with police on the matter.
"We will find out how exactly that happened, and we need to put into place practices to make sure whatever did occur today, does not happen again," Lesko said.