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Pittsfield student banned while police investigate social media threat

Union Leader Correspondent

March 21. 2018 11:55AM

PITTSFIELD - A student has been banned from Pittsfield Middle/High School while police investigate an online comment.

According to police, a student posted late Tuesday on her Facebook page: “Whoever plans on shooting up a school next, please pick Pittsfield. Thank you.”

The post was followed with a halo/smiley face emoji.

Police Chief Jeffrey M. Cain posted on the police department's Facebook and Twitter feeds just before midnight Monday that police were “aware of the situation involving social media posts that were made today about our school.”

The police post said officers were investigating and were working with school administrators, the Merrimack County Attorney's Office and the student's parents.

Cain and school administrators did not immediately return calls from a Union Leader correspondent Wednesday.

Cain's Tuesday night Facebook post said the student won't be allowed at the school until the investigation and school administrative process are complete.

“We will also have an increased police presence at the school tomorrow as a precaution and to provide a safe environment for the students and staff while we continue the investigation," Cain said.

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