Online threat at Newport school a social media prankBy MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent
January 12. 2018 12:24AM
NEWPORT — School and police officials said Thursday an investigation revealed that a possible online threat was actually a social media prank.
An app dubbed “After School” is at the center of the investigation by police and school officials.
Around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday Newport Middle and High School Resource Officer Paul Beaudet notified the SAU 43 officials of a posting on a social media site that involved a threat to “pop someone,” according to a Thursday news release from SAU 43. “Additionally there were other references of a possible gun shared by a student. Working collaboratively with the Newport Police Department on a developed plan to respond to these types of threats, we determined that the source of the postings has been verified and there is NO threat to the students or school.”
SAU superintendent Cindy Gallagher said the SAU appreciates the students and teachers who notified police as well as “all the families and students who actively participated in the successful outcome of this investigation.”
“The District takes all of these incidents very seriously. We appreciate the proper planning and immediate support that we receive from the Newport Police Department. We hope that all families will take the time to talk about the serious nature of these pranks,” Gallagher said in the news release.
Thursday afternoon Gallagher said school officials do not know who posted the comments because it is an anonymous posting app.
She added that the district is continuing its investigation and will follow the district handbook guidelines.
“We will provide some form of social media education for students, parents and the community as part of the follow up,” Gallagher said.