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A student at Booth Memorial high school is facing charges for an incident that resulted in four schools in St. John's going into lockdown mode on Tuesday. (CBC)

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has charged a 16-year-old male in connection with an incident that took place outside a St. John's high school.    

On Tuesday, RNC officers responded to reports of a weapons offence in the area of Booth Memorial High School.

Four St. John's schools were locked down Tuesday morning after someone reported that a student was carrying a weapon outside the school. 

The RNC said the suspect fled the scene on foot prior to police arrival. The RNC's K-9 unit was able to track, locate and arrest the youth without incident. A second dog unit located the weapon a short distance away. 

The weapon, which was found in the bushes outside Booth, was later determined to be a pellet gun that replicated a hand gun. 

The youth has been charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and carrying a concealed 
weapon.

Police said the accused made an appearance in provincial court in St. John's on Wednesday morning, and was released on an undertaking.

He is scheduled to return to court on July 22.