Bellingham principal issues statement after pipe bomb explosion

Bellingham High School
Bellingham Police were stationed at the entrance to Bellingham High School on Friday after a pipe bomb was planted in the grille of a Jeep in the driveway of the home belonging to the Principal of Bellingham High School. –John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

BLACKSTONE, Mass. (AP) — The principal of a Massachusetts high school has spoken out days after police said his vehicle was damaged by a homemade explosive device resembling a pipe bomb.

In a statement Monday, Bellingham High School Principal Lucas Giguere says he has been “overwhelmed” by kindness and compassion since the explosion last week. Giguere says the school will continue to support an atmosphere of normalcy and safety for the students.

Police responded to his home in Blackstone just after 6 p.m. Thursday after receiving a report of possible vandalism to a vehicle. Both Giguere and neighbors reported hearing a loud bang.

Police say the vehicle’s grill, radiator and engine block were damaged. No injuries were reported.

Authorities believe the principal was targeted, and they say there is no danger to the community.

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