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Bomb threat closes North Quincy High School

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  June 21, 2011 09:24 AM

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North Quincy High School will be closed for the day after school administrators received a bomb threat in the form of an e-mail this morning.

Quincy Police arrived at the scene shortly thereafter and are currently in the process of sweeping the building with Quincy canines trained to find bombs.

According to Quincy Police Captain John Dougan, detectives will also be working throughout the day to trace the email back to its IP address, though it isn’t certain that the technique will lead officers to the suspect’s home.

“It’s pretty easy to do, I’m told from the computer guy - set up an account from a library or computer place. Send out the e-mail there, because the IP address will come back to the computer you used,” he said.

According to police, they should have an idea within the hour if the threat holds any merit.

Superintendent Dr. Richard DeCristofaro said that mainly closing school was a precautionary measure, but that it was not done nonchalantly.

“We gave it a ton of thought. It’s final exam schedule,” he said. “You don’t make these decisions lightly. But you make them with the safety in mind. It’s more precautionary than real, yes I do [believe that], but that’s what we do, we err on the side of safety.”

The message that school was canceled was sent out to parents and students through an e-mail blast as well as by message to a land line or cell phone number for each student this morning.

As for the remainder of the school week, DeCristofaro said he is working with Principal Earl Metzler to establish safety measures.

“When students enter the building, we may have the front door open only, just an aspect of safety and control,” DeCristofaro said.

Parents, students, and staff will most likely receive a letter by this evening detailing the events of today that also shares a revised exam schedule, DeCristofaro said.

All information will also be available on the school’s website as well as local cable Channel 22.

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