Old Rochester Regional Schools Cleared After Threat of Gunman on Campus
Old Rochester Regional High School and Junior High School were cleared of a threat that was made Thursday morning.
Douglas White, Superintendent of the Old Rochester Regional School District, says a threat was reported to Mattapoisett Police just before noon Thursday, with officers from Marion, Rochester, and Mattapoisett responding to the campus. "The perimeter of both schools was secured, and the officers were also in the school as it was determined that the report was an internet hoax," said White.
The schools were on lockdown for over an hour.
Mattapoisett Police Captain Anthony Days says the threat came in the form of an internet chat to a call center, which in turn was reported to the town's police department. The threat stated there was a gunman on the school grounds. A sweep of the building turned up nothing to verify that threat.
Over thirty Massachusetts schools received similar threats Thursday. The FBI is leading the investigation into who made the threats.
School will resume Friday as scheduled, though there will be an increased police presence within the buildings.