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Hampton teen charged with threatening 'to shoot up' Exeter school

By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent

February 16. 2018 4:06PM




EXETER - A Hampton teenager has been charged with criminal threatening after an investigation into reports he allegedly told friends that he was “going to shoot up” the Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter.

Authorities said the 16-year-old turned himself in to police Friday - a day after police began investigating the alleged threat.

According to police, there was no indication that the threat was directed at any specific students, teachers or faculty.

The teenager, who was released and will appear in the Brentwood Family Court, was charged with misdemeanor criminal threatening after multiple interviews by police.

High schools served by SST include Epping, Exeter, Newmarket, Raymond, Sanborn Regional, and Winnacunnet.

The school administration immediately reported the threat to police after learning about it Thursday.

School Administrative Unit 16 Superintendent Christine Rath issued a message to the school community Friday announcing that a second student was “seriously involved in threatening behavior” at SST and that it was “directly related” to the threat investigated Thursday.

She didn’t elaborate on the investigation into the second student, but said the student will not be attending the school during the investigation.

“In light of this, we continue to work with the Exeter Police Department to ensure the safety of our students and staff. As always, the Seacoast School of Technology takes any issue related to student and staff safety very seriously,” Rath said in her message.

The student who was charged also will not be allowed to attend the school during the investigation. His status and any possible disciplinary action taken by the school administration were unknown Friday.

The threat investigation follows a mass shooting Wednesday at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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