Firefighters investigate bomb threats made against 32 schools

Responders rushed into schools and forced some to evacuate for the second time this week


Boston Herald

BOSTON — Authorities are investigating "robocall" bomb threats that were made to several Bay State schools yesterday, according to authorities.

Jennifer Mieth, spokeswoman for the state Department of Fire Services, said the state police bomb squad was monitoring the rash of threats and responding “where appropriate.”

“Communities are following the established protocols that we have been training on across the state to assess each threat and the appropriate local response,” Mieth said.

State police spokesman David Procopio said “numerous” threats, some of which he confirmed have come from “automated robocalls,” also hit schools in Hudson, Hopkinton and Leominster.

The Brookline Fire Department investigated a report of a phoned-in bomb threat at Brookline High School that prompted its evacuation.

In Cambridge, meanwhile, police planned to put extra officers on duty at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School after a bomb threat was called in. Police said they swept the building and determined the threat "was unfounded.”

Marlboro High School was evacuated due to what school officials are calling a “robocall bomb threat.” The officials said police and fire responded, searched the school and found nothing.

Melrose’s high school and middle school also were cleared of bomb threats after students and faculty were subjected to a temporary shelter-in-place order.

“We are aware that a number of districts have been threatened today and in recent months, and as law enforcement officers, we take each and every instance seriously,” Melrose police Chief Michael L. Lyle said. “We will continue to work with our state and federal partners to aggressively pursue those responsible.”

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