Superintendent David DiBarri
100 Hemlock Road
Wakefield, MA 01880
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Northeast Metro Tech Responds After Student Makes Threat
WAKEFIELD — Superintendent David DiBarri and the Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational Technical High School report to the community that a student was quickly identified and located after he allegedly made a threat to commit an act of violence at the school on Wednesday morning.
At approximately 10:30 a.m., a student reported to the Wakefield Police Department School Resource Officer that another student had showed him a photo of what appeared to be a handgun and made a threat to harm people at the school.
As a direct result of the other student’s quick thinking and immediate actions in notifying the SRO, the student who allegedly made the threat was quickly identified and apprehended.
An investigation of the photo determined that the weapon depicted was actually a BB gun, but the threat and situation were taken seriously from the onset.
“I am very proud of the student who saw something and said something immediately after learning about a potential threat against our school community,” Superintendent DiBarri said. “I am pleased that the procedures we have in place to respond to a threat or potentially dangerous situation were followed and worked correctly, and that this situation was resolved within just a few minutes. Our partnership with our students and our ongoing relationship with police in the communities we serve is extraordinarily important.”