Charges Filed Against Juvenile in Wareham School Threat
WAREHAM — As the result of a several months long investigation by the Wareham Police Department Detective Division, the criminal charge of (Communicating) a Threat with Serious Public Alarm with regard to an incident that occurred in Wareham on July 10th, 2017 during a summer session of the Wareham School Department, specifically targeted toward students and faculty at Wareham High School and Middle School.
On July 10, 2017, Wareham Police officers and detectives, assisted by Wareham Fire Department personnel, school officials, and several law enforcement agencies, including the Mass. State Police and SEMLEC SWAT personnel responded to the Wareham High School and Middle School complex when an anonymous email received during the morning hours of the summer school/camps activities communicated a threat involving the use of a weapon to cause great harm. The incident was addressed with all precautionary measures in mind to preserve the safety of the children and staff attending the school session, as well as the safety of all responding personnel. Thankfully, the threat incident proved to be unfounded, and everyone involved, especially children of all ages, were safe and reunited with their family members.
Since the time of the incident, Wareham Police detectives have conducted exhaustive investigation of this matter, which resulted in the criminal charge being filed at Wareham District Court, and a complaint issued by the Juvenile Court Clerk. The matter is scheduled for arraignment procedures in the Juvenile Session at Wareham District Court on Wednesday, January 24th.
"I am proud of the efforts of the detectives involved in this case, whose relentless and diligent investigation clearly shows that Wareham PD did not rest until all measures were taken and probable cause to file a criminal charge was attained," Wareham Police Chief Kevin Walsh said. "I also hope that our citizens, including our youth, realize the seriousness with which the Wareham Police Department and Wareham School Department address this type of matter.”