Joseph Solomon, Chief of Police
Quinn Public Safety Building
90 Hampshire St.
Methuen, MA 01844
For Immediate Release
Monday, March 19, 2018
Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Methuen Police Arrest High School Student After Threat
METHUEN — Mayor James Jajuga and Chief Joseph Solomon report that the Methuen Police Department arrested a Methuen High School student after he allegedly made threats and referenced a school shooting in front of other students.
The Methuen Police Department was called to the high school at 2 p.m. Monday. Upon arrival, officers were told by school administrators that a 10th grade boy had reportedly made disturbing remarks to other students, including references to bullets, death, and a mass shooting at the school.
As a result of an investigation by the Methuen Police Department, a JUVENILE MALE, AGE 16, OF METHUEN was identified and arrested without incident.
The suspect was charged with Threats Concerning Dangerous Items and Disturbance in a School.
A search of the suspect’s home and bedroom resulted in no weapons found. There are also no firearms licensed to anyone at his home. The Methuen Police Department does not believe there is any danger at this time.
Chief Solomon and Mayor Jajuga praised the students who heard the alleged remarks for coming forward and reporting the incident to the administration.
“This is an excellent example of ‘see something, say something,'” Mayor Jajuga said. “In this instance, students heard disturbing remarks about committing violence at school, and they spoke up immediately. This is one of the ways we keep our community and our schools safe.”
The suspect will be arraigned in Lawrence Juvenile Court.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.