Social media threat against Rundlett remains under investigation

  • A Concord police cruiser sits outside Rundlett Middle School on Tuesday morning. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 2/7/2023 12:28:21 PM
Modified: 2/7/2023 12:27:41 PM

A social media post threatening violence against Rundlett Middle School was still under investigation as of Tuesday morning, police said. The school was placed in “secure campus” mode Monday after a student allegedly posted a threat of school violence on social media.

In a message to parents sent via ParentSquare on Monday afternoon, Superintendent Kathleen Murphy wrote that a threat was posted on a student’s Facebook page on Sunday night, which suggested that an “armed threat” would take place at Rundlett Middle School Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Murphy said she learned about the post at about 1:30 p.m. on Monday, and immediately alerted Concord Police, who went to the school to investigate. 

Rundlett was placed in “secure campus” mode Monday afternoon, meaning no one was permitted to enter or exit the building while the police investigation was ongoing. 

“We asked students to just stay in place in their classrooms, not in the hallways or roaming all over the building, we asked them to stay in place while the police did their investigation,” Murphy said at a School Board meeting Monday night.

Concord Deputy Chief John Thomas declined to discuss the case Tuesday morning, saying it is still under investigation.

Murphy said she reached out to Chief Bradley Osgood to request additional police presence at Rundlett Middle School for Tuesday.

“These kinds of incidents cause a lot of anxiety for our families, our parents, our grandparents, our community in general,” Murphy said. “So I asked the Chief to stage additional officers at the school so that folks could see that. There will be officers in the morning and throughout the day in the buildings just to let people know they're around, they care about the youngsters at the school, and they want to make sure that everyone is safe.”

Eileen O

Eileen O'Grady is a Report for America corps member covering education for the Concord Monitor since spring 2020. O’Grady is the former managing editor of Scope magazine at Northeastern University in Boston, where she reported on social justice issues, community activism, local politics and the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a native Vermonter and worked as a reporter covering local politics for the Shelburne News and the Citizen. Her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, The Bay State Banner, and VTDigger. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in politics and French from Mount Holyoke College, where she served as news editor for the Mount Holyoke News from 2017-2018.

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