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Threat prompts Exeter to increase police presence at high school

Exeter police plan to have several extra patrols at Exeter High School this morning, after a student discovered a potential threat typed into the calendar of a school-issued computer, officials said.

The threat — “I commit a school shooting” — appeared in the June 4 entry of a calendar on an iPad that was issued to a student. The student noticed it Tuesday morning and promptly told a teacher, according to a notice posted on the school district website.

“We’re going to have a little bit more police presence (on Wednesday) just to make people feel better,” said Police Chief Richard Kane.

In the notice, Exeter schools Superintendent Michael Morgan said the iPad was from the school’s mobile Ipad lab. Students use them for different instructional reasons, Morgan said.

The Ipad lab has no log-in system, and there appears to be no way to determine when the actual entry was made, Morgan wrote.

“Conceivably, the message could have been posted last week, last month or even last year,” he said.

He said there is no credible threat to the high school today.

Kane said it is up to parents to decide whether to have their students attend school. He said police are not asking students to alter their behavior today.

mhayward@unionleader.com


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