Email threat prompts lockdown at schools in Wareham

WAREHAM, MA (WHDH) - An email threat prompted a lockdown at multiple schools in Wareham on Monday, including the Wareham High School, Wareham Middle School, and the Minot Forest Elementary School.

School officials said that a high school administrator received a threat in an email that “threatened the safety of students.” Sources tell 7’s Steve Cooper that the message said “I’m in the school and I’m going to shoot.”

State and local police immediately responded to the schools, which were just beginning summer classes. A bomb squad, an air wing and SWAT team provided assistance.

The schools were placed on lockdown as police searched the buildings. Video from Sky7 showed the students gathered outside as they waited to be bused to a local YMCA for pickup. In total, around 500 children were evacuated

Police said in a press conference Monday afternoon that they were “99.9 percent” confident that there was not a shooter in any of the schools.

No injures were reported. Summer classes will resume Tuesday as scheduled with an added police presence.

 

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