Police arrest Pittsfield man accused of putting ‘school shooter’ signs around area towns

  • Police are looking into “school shooter” signs at several local school districts. Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 5/27/2022 12:26:02 PM

New Hampshire State Police arrested a Pittsfield man Friday accused of placing “school shooter” signs in Barnstead, Epsom and Pittsfield, where their discovery prompted a New Hampshire Department of Safety investigation and several school lockdowns.

Guy Hanson, 61, was taken into custody without incident at about 4:05 p.m. on Interstate 89 South in Warner on a felony charge of falsifying physical evidence and three misdemeanors, including false report to law enforcement, false public alarm and criminal threatening. 

On Friday morning, the New Hampshire Department of Safety announced their investigation after the discovery of several signs in the towns of Barnstead, Epsom and Pittsfield, some of which included the words “school shooter.” Local, state and federal partners and members of law enforcement were immediately dispatched to all schools within the three communities. Multiple schools initiated lockdowns as a precaution shortly after.

Officials released a photograph of one sign, a paper plate with the words “school shooter!” written on it in black marker, which appears to have some additional writing blurred to “protect the integrity of the investigation,” according to a statement. 

Police believe Hanson placed the signs around Barnstead, Epsom and Pittsfield.

As a result of the investigation, law enforcement says there is no credible threat to the communities or schools where the signs were located. No other suspects have been charged at this time

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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