St. Patrick Academy on Smith Street in Providence was placed on a temporary lockdown Monday afternoon.
Principal Bruce Daigle says the school is on the same property as a soup kitchen, where a patron told an employee there was a weapon in his backpack.
The school was placed on lockdown and police searched the building. Authorities gave it the all-clear about 20 minutes later.
Nothing was found, and the patron had left by the time police arrived.