Saturday, May 18, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Acton-Boxborough Regional School District and Acton Police Investigating Threats Against Students
Students’ Names Written with Threatening Language on Bathroom Wall
ACTON — Acton-Boxborough Regional School District Superintendent Peter Light and Acton Police Chief Richard Burrows report that authorities are actively investigating after names of students and threats were written on an interior wall of a girls’ bathroom stall at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School.
On Thursday, May 16 at 2:10 p.m., a high school administrator received a report from a student of a threatening message written in a bathroom. School officials investigated and found, written in marker, a threat to harm three specific female students of Indian descent at the school, with their names listed.
The bathroom was locked, and the Acton Police Department School Resource Officer was notified. Police processed the scene. The students were located and brought to their counselors’ offices. Their parents were also notified.
Police and administrators developed a plan to ensure that the students were able return to school on Friday in a safe manner.
The threat remains under active investigation, and police are reviewing common area surveillance footage to aid in the investigation.
“Due to the sensitive nature of the investigation we were not able to share this information previously. The nature of the threat did not cause immediate concern for the broader school community and a plan was put in place to ensure student safety,” Superintendent Light said. “The Acton-Boxborough Regional School District enjoys a strong partnership with its municipal police departments, and we are working together to determine the facts and circumstances surrounding this disturbing threat on our students.”
Chief Burrows added, “The is an active and ongoing investigation. We take all threats against students seriously.”