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Schools in Henniker, Weare, John Stark district closed due to threat

  • Weare Middle school is shown on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor file


Monitor staff
Monday, February 19, 2018

Schools in Henniker, Weare and the John Stark regional high school will be closed Tuesday while police investigate an unknown threat against the high school.

According to the SAU 24 district’s website, the Weare and Henniker police departments have been investigating a possible threat that was scratched into a table in the John Stark Regional High School and reported on Friday. The district, citing “heightened awareness” around last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school, announced Monday night there would be no school Tuesday while the investigation is ongoing.

Parents were alerted to the initial incident Saturday night via email.

“With technical assistance provided by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, the investigation continues to move toward resolution,” reads a statement on SAU 24’s website. “In the interim, we are working closely with our regional partners to put a strong security plan in place at the John Stark Regional High School.”

The SAU said there is no reason to believe that the threat, which is not described, is directed toward other schools in the district.

Although there is “no information to suggest that any other school in the district is affected by this perceived threat,” the district will be putting a security plan in place at Weare’s middle school and Center Woods Elementary School. A highly visible police presence will be in place throughout the district schools in Weare at least until vacation week commences Friday afternoon.

In a separate issue, due to information that was received by the Weare Police Department after buses had begun to depart for dismissal, three buses (No. 4, No. 5, and No. 8) that are normally routed through the high school were delayed temporarily Monday.

As a precautionary measure, while the tip was investigated, elementary and upper elementary students were brought into the atrium at the high school. Once student safety on the buses was assured, students reboarded and were sent on their way.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Lieutenant Frank Hebert at frank.hebert@wearepolice.com or call the Weare police department 529-7525.