Four St. John's schools went into lockdown mode Tuesday morning after someone reported that a student was carrying a weapon outside Booth Memorial high school.

A spokesman for the province's English school board said the student was suspected of having the weapon in the parking lot.

"The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary was informed, and the school, as well as neighbouring schools, enacted the secure school protocol," Ken Morrissey said in an email sent to media.

"Once a suspect was apprehended by the RNC, the schools impacted returned to normal activities."

Bishops College, Bishop Abraham and Holy Cross were the other schools involved.

Police took a male student from Booth Memorial into custody around 11:30, and later removed a handgun-style pellet gun from bushes outside the high school.

It's believed there was a short chase involving the student before he was apprehended.

The lockdown at the schools had been lifted by noon.