Families were notified of an increased police presence at a North Shore high school Tuesday, following an alleged school shooting threat made by a student.
“On Tuesday morning, School Resource Officer Andrea Locke was notified by a school parent that, at sometime over the past week, a student was overheard making concerning and possibly threatening statements against the Manchester Essex Regional High School,” a statement from the school district and local authorities said.
According to a district spokesperson, the “nonspecific threat” was made by a student regarding a “hypothetical attack at the school.”
“As the message passed from person to person, the language sounded more and more concerning,” the spokesperson said. “However, the police have determined that there is no threat to the school, just concerning language about firearms.”
An investigation into the matter is “active and ongoing,” and the suspect was determined to not be currently attending the school.
But the police presence at the middle-high school has been heightened “out of an abundance of caution,” according to the statement from Superintendent of Schools Pamela Beaudoin, Manchester-by-the-Sea Police Chief Todd Fitzgerald and Essex Police Chief Paul Francis.
“Please know that we are here to support your children and that their safety and wellness are paramount,” Beaudoin said. “By making this incident public, our intent is to reassure students, staff and families that we have procedures in place for their safety.”