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Pep rally, dance canceled at Merrimack High following vandalism, report of threat

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent

March 16. 2018 5:29PM




MERRIMACK — A pep rally and school dance were canceled Friday at Merrimack High School after the school was vandalized and an unspecified threat was made by a student.

Principal Ken Johnson said both events — an all-school spirit assembly and a Saint Patrick’s Day dance all planned for Friday — will now be rescheduled. He said administrators decided to cancel them on Friday as a safety precaution.

Prior to the scheduled pep rally on Friday afternoon, students reported to administrators minor acts of vandalism on school property, according to Johnson.

In a statement to parents, Johnson said students also reported that some individuals may have been planning to disrupt the assembly.

And, one hour before the pep rally was set to take place, one student told an adult that they heard a direct threat was made to students who gathered at the assembly, said the principal.

“Working with the Merrimack police, but with very little time to vet any threats made, the only responsible decision to make was to postpone both the assembly and the dance in the name of student safety,” said Johnson.

Merrimack police are continuing to investigate the incident, saying they are working with the school district to address the situation.

“Both the department and the school system want to reinforce to the community that all threats are taken seriously and will be investigated to the fullest,” police said in a statement.

Authorities are urging anyone with information about the vandalism or the threat to contact police at 424-3774.

“As always, the police department must be guarded in the specifics that it releases for the integrity of the investigation while balancing the information it shares while assuring that the community is safe,” police said in a release.

Capt. Brian Levesque of the Merrimack Police Department was not immediately available for additional details on Friday.


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