updated 6/9/2009 3:17:02 PM ET 2009-06-09T19:17:02

Authorities in suburban New York say a school district superintendent wrestled an armed man to the ground in a middle school and took the gun away.

Police in Rockland County say no shots were fired around noon Tuesday at South Orangetown Middle School in Blauvelt, about 20 miles north of New York City.

Authorities say the man was arrested and the students are "100 percent safe." The school remains locked down.

A SWAT team, paramedics and an armored vehicle were called.

Orangetown Supervisor Thom Kleiner says the man confronted the superintendent about a "minor" issue. The superintendent then talked to the man and managed to wrest the gun from him.

Kleiner says the superintendent pinned the man down until police arrived.

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