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Classes to resume in Weare, Henniker after threat probed

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader

February 21. 2018 9:32AM




WEARE — Classes will resume on Wednesday for students in Weare and Henniker, after school officials and local police closed their investigation into alleged threats made at John Stark Regional High School.

Schools were closed Tuesday in Weare and Henniker as Weare police and members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force investigated a possible threat scratched into a cafeteria table last week at John Stark Regional High School.

SAU 24 Superintendent of Schools Lorraina Tacconi-Moore said in a statement issued late Tuesday afternoon investigations into “allegations of threatening behaviors over the past several days at the John Stark Regional High School have been resolved.”

“Although these complex investigations have been brought to resolution, an officer will be a visible presence at all of the schools in Weare through the end of the week,” said Tacconi-Moore. “In Henniker, an officer will make periodic visits to (Henniker Community School). Hopefully a police presence will enhance the sense of safety and security while normalcy is returned to the schools.”

Over the weekend Weare police, members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and school officials began investigating a report of a possible threat scratched into a table in the cafeteria at John Stark Regional High School.

On Tuesday, Tacconi-Moore said Weare police had suspended their investigation due to a “lack of evidence needed for prosecution.”

On Monday, several buses were delayed or rerouted after police received a new tip. The buses had already started to depart for student dismissal when the tip came in, and three vehicles were delayed temporarily while police searched the vehicles.

Late Tuesday, Tacconi-Moore said police had closed their investigation into the new tip after determining the allegation “was the fabrication of a Weare Middle School student.”

“This investigation revealed that there was never any danger to students,” said Tacconi-Moore.

According to Tacconi-Moore, Weare police have filed a delinquency petition with Goffstown Family Court as a result of an investigation into allegations of threatening remarks and gestures made by a John Stark Regional High School student. No further information about the complaint was avauilable from police Tuesday night.

SAU 24 school officials said they took the threat scratched into a cafeteria table “very seriously” due to the “heightened awareness following the tragic events of Florida” last week when a former student killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

pfeely@unionleader.com


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