Police presence at Jaffrey-Rindge schools following alleged threat

  • An aerial view of Jaffrey from Conant High School. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/20/2019 5:17:26 PM

Police were present at the Jaffrey-Rindge Middle/High School on Monday morning, after discovering a student allegedly made a threat after an incident at the school last week.

“This stems from something that happened at the school early last week and it rolled on from there,” Jaffrey Police Chief William Oswalt said on Monday. “After that incident, one of the involved parties was alleged to have made a threat.”

Police and the Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial ambulance responded to the school on Tuesday. Oswalt said based on interviews and current information, police believe there is a connection between that incident and the threat, but declined to comment further because the incident involved a minor, but confirmed Tuesday’s incident resulted in no criminal charges or citations.

Oswalt said other students reported the threat, and there are allegations that social media was involved.

Oswalt confirmed the threat was made by a student, but would not confirm the student’s age or grade level. There have been no arrests made, but the student is not in school Monday, Oswalt said.

Oswalt said police have been working with the school to ensure staff and student safety, including having what he said was “an obvious police presence” at the start of the school day on Monday.

“We take every threat or allegation of a threat seriously,” Oswalt said. “We took it seriously from the beginning and took reasonable measures so that students and staff are safe today.”

On Sunday night, SAU 47 Superintendent Reuben Duncan sent out an email to parents acknowledging a “possible threatening situation to our school community.” The email also said that the Jaffrey and Rindge police departments had been informed and had “addressed the situation appropriately.”

In a follow-up letter to parents on Monday, Duncan said he learned of the alleged threat on Saturday from parents, “indicating that their children had mentioned to them that an individual was going to come to the middle/high school and perform an act of violence.”

Over the weekend, Jaffrey police interviewed the student and their parent, the letter said.

“They investigated the alleged threat thoroughly and are confident the situation has been mitigated. A generalized threat to the entire school has not been substantiated at this time,” Duncan wrote.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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