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Lowell High Safe After Social-media Threat

September 21, 2018

LOWELL -- Police and school administrators responded to a post on social media threatening Lowell High School early Wednesday morning, according to Acting Superintendent of Schools Jeannine Durkin.

“The Lowell Police Department has taken appropriate action in regards to the individual who made the post and determined that there were no safety concerns with regard to this threat and/or staff attending Lowell High School on September 19, 2018,” she wrote in an email.

The Sun has learned a Lowell High School student apparently posted a photo of a BB gun on social media. Police went to the student’s home where they found and confiscated the gun.

Durkin thanked those who came forward to report the posting. She did not immediately respond to an email asking the status of the student Thursday afternoon.

In the letter she said high school administrators are taking “appropriate and serious action consistent with district policies and guidelines.”

Head of School Marianne Busteed will notify parents about a meeting at the Little Theater in Lowell High School on Monday regarding the incidents of the last two weeks.

Police arrested at least 11, after a downtown brawl involving several high school students on Sept. 14. The fight prompted police, school and city leaders to call for a citywide response.

The day before an 11-year-old boy apparently brought a gun to Sullivan Middle School and showed it to students. Later that evening a 14-year-old boy fired the gun at Rotary Park in front of other juveniles.

No injuries or damages were reported.

School administrators are also developing “a series of learning opportunities” for students, according to Durkin. Once planned, details will be shared with parents, she said.

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