Police investigate shooting threat at Conant

  • An aerial view of Jaffrey from Conant High School. FILE PHOTO

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/2/2017 6:25:56 PM

Jaffrey-Rindge School District administration and the Jaffrey Police Department have investigated a “low-level” threat at Conant High School, determining that the student involved is not a danger to the school. 

Jaffrey Police Chief Bill Oswalt said Monday morning that his department was “made immediately aware” of the potential threat – where a student was overheard using “language that included a shooting” – by the school district on Sept. 26.

“We have no indication that the student would follow through with their ill-advised utterances,” said Oswalt. “We have no plans at this time to monitor the school more than usual.”

Oswalt said an investigation into the matter involved communicating with all parties involved, including the student and their parents. No charges will be pursued by the police, with any disciplinary action coming from the school district. 

“I think we are collectively satisfied that we have a sense of what happened,” said Oswalt, referring to the police department and the school district. 

There was an increased police presence at the school on Monday morning, according to Superintendent Reuben Duncan, with three police officers stationed at the school. Duncan said the increased presence was to “provide a piece of mind” after a rumor circulated about the threat being carried out Monday.

“Anytime anyone jokes around, we have to take that seriously,” said Duncan, who said it was later determined to be a “low-level threat.”

Duncan denied that the district had a letter from the student, which was alleged to contain a list of names of students that could have been targeted. 

Other than confirming that the student was not at school on Monday, Duncan said he could not go into any disciplinary action taken.

Speaking to general procedure, Duncan said that a student can be suspended by the principal of the school in question for up to ten days, with the superintendent able to suspend the student for an additional ten days. 

Any student involved in a situation such as this is subject to a safety evaluation, even if it is minor, according to Duncan. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT. 

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