A HATTON Vale kindergarten and school went into lockdown following reports of an armed man outside the premises this morning.
Mixed reports emerged about 10.30am of a man wielding a weapon outside the Hannant Rd centre.
Police immediately went to the area to find a 16-year-old boy walking along the road, armed with a car suspension spring which he was using to hit power poles.
Both the school and the kindergarten enacted its emergency action plan and sent the centre into lockdown while police dealt with the situation.
The juvenile was cautioned by police.
Laidley police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Jim McDonald commended the school and the kindergarten on the way they dealt with the situation.
"They went into lockdown as a precaution based on seeing the juvenile walking down the road," he said.
"They should be congratulated on they way they handled the situation."
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