Whittier Working with Haverhill Police after Student Receives Threatening Snapchat Message

Whittier Tech
Maureen Lynch, Superintendent
115 Amesbury Line Road
Haverhill, MA 01830

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Whittier Working with Haverhill Police after Student Receives Threatening Snapchat Message

HAVERHILL — Superintendent Maureen Lynch reports that Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School administrators are working with the Haverhill Police Department after a student received a threatening message via Snapchat in which an anonymous person threatening to commit a violent act at the school on Saturday.

There are no activities scheduled at Whittier today, however there will be an increased police presence nonetheless, out of an abundance of caution.

At 9 a.m. Saturday a student reported to Haverhill Police that they had received a threatening message via the Snapchat social media service.  In the message, the user threatened to “shoot up” the student’s school, although the user never mentioned Whittier by name.

Superintendent Lynch praised the student for coming forward to report this threat.

“We take all threats seriously, and in this increasingly uncertain world, we are fortunate to have such a good relationship with our partners in the Haverhill Police Department,” Superintendent Lynch said. “While this is a nonspecific and anonymous threat, we will follow our established protocols to ensure safety on our campus.”

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