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Bomb threats shut down Braintree High; school to reopen Friday

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  April 25, 2013 03:07 PM

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A bomb threat at Braintree High led to an early dismissal Thursday, Braintree Police reported, and security will be stepped up when school reopens Friday.

According to police, two notes were discovered Thursday morning threatening that there would be an explosion at the school.

One note was found in a third floor restroom, and a second found on a bench outside a third floor classrooms. Both notes had similar writing styles, Braintree Police said.

Students were evacuated from the building and dismissed for the day at 11:45 a.m.

Canines trained to sniff out explosives were called in from area departments to search the school. By Thursday afternoon, nothing suspicious had been located.

All afternoon activities and sports had also been canceled. Come Friday morning, additional security would be at the school in the morning to discourage another incident.

According to Braintree Superintendent Peter Kurzberg, there haven't been any bomb threats in the last few years, though Braintree High has had them in the past.

Even in light of the terrorist attack in Boston last week, Kurzberg said the school reacts to these threats the way they always do.

"We did want to err on the side of caution and take extra measures, even though we didn’t view the notes as credible nor did we find any suspicious packages or anything in the building," he said.

Kurzberg said the school has cameras outside the building, but does not have as many located in the school hallways. Because police don't yet know who wrote the notes, it's hard to say why they might have done it.

"It's hard to determine exactly what the motive was ... I'm not sure the individual who did this realizes how serious a situation this is," he said.

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