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Quincy student's email led to brief lockdown at Hingham High, police say

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  October 26, 2012 04:59 PM

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Hingham High School went into lockdown this morning at 9:40 a.m. after officials were notified by Hingham and Quincy Police Departments that there was a credible threat made against a Hingham student.

According to a release from the school, officials locked down the building, acting “to ensure the safety of all students in the building.”

The lockdown ended at approximately 10:15 a.m., when Hingham Police told school administrators that the threat no longer existed.

According to a statement issued by the Hingham police, Quincy police gave Hingham's school resource office, Thomas Ford, "credible information" that a Quincy High student had sent a Hingham High student "text messages [that] referenced the use of a firearm and bullets."

The school was then locked down while the possible threat was investigated. The statement said that the Quincy student in question never entered the Hingham High School property.

According to Quincy Police Captain John Dougan, the message from the student was not a threat, but did imply that one of the students had a weapon.

"Based on that, we went to the [Quincy] person’s house and found no weapons. Our school resource officer notified theirs,'' Dougan said. He added that there were no arrests and no charges filed.

Hingham police said the incident remains under investigation.

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