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Student Removed From High School For Allegedly Threatening Violence

by Connie Sartini
The following letter was sent to Parents and Members of the Groton Dunstable Regional School District Community last week by Superintendent of Schools Laura S. Chesson, Ed. D.
     “I am writing to inform you that on the morning of November 6, 2019, the District was informed by the Groton Police Department that a Groton-Dunstable Regional High School student had made threats to commit acts of violence against various individuals including members of the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School community.
     Those threats had been communicated by the student to a fellow employee at his place of after-school employment and were subsequently reported by the student’s employer to the Groton Police Department. Upon being informed of those threats by the Groton Police, the High School Administration immediately met with the student this morning and took appropriate action to ensure the safety of our students and staff and of the student at issue.
     The student who was reported to have made the threats in question was removed from the school environment and is not in attendance at the high school at this time. Based upon our communications with law enforcement authorities and investigation to date, we do not believe that there is any immediate threat to the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff at this time.
     The safety and welfare of our students at school is of paramount concern to the Groton Dunstable Regional School District and all District staff members. After taking immediate action to ensure the safety of our students and staff, we commenced a thorough investigation of this matter to determine the scope of the threats communicated by the student in his place of employment. The District has included law enforcement throughout and will any necessary and appropriate corrective and remedial action to ensure the continued safety of our students and staff.
     My purpose in communicating with you at this time is to ensure that you learned of this incident directly from me and to notify you of the District’s immediate response today. At this time, I have shared all of the information that state and federal laws regarding student privacy permit me to share.
     School staff and I will continue to promptly and proactively address any threat to the safety and well-being of our students and ask that you join us in this effort by speaking with your children about these concerns and the importance of reporting any information about such matters to the school.”
     Groton Police Chief Michael Luth cited the invaluable relationship and cooperation between the School Administration and the School Resource Officer who knows the students, to bring this to a successful conclusion.
     The Chief commended the business involved, who once the employees reported the comments to management, contacted the Police Department. He added that three of the Police Department employees researched the information and immediately notified the School Administration of the report.
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