Police respond following student reports of gun brought to Mohawk Trail Regional School

Superintendent: No weapon was on campus; students and staff not in danger

  • Mohawk Trail Regional School in Buckland. Staff File Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 12/6/2021 6:29:43 PM

BUCKLAND — Police responded to Mohawk Trail Regional School on Monday afternoon after several students came forward to say another student had posted on social media about bringing a gun to school and shared the same verbal threat during the day.

However, according to Mohawk Trail Regional School District Superintendent Sheryl Stanton, no weapon was in fact brought to school. Stanton said she wants to assure the public that students and staff members were never in immediate danger.

“We had students come forward toward the early afternoon that they had seen some social media posts the evening prior and then heard the student share those threats during the day,” Stanton said. “There was never any weapon on campus but the threat, obviously, we take seriously. ... Anytime we have info like that, we do everything we can to make sure kids are safe.”

Stanton sent an email to students, staff and families that police were notified at around 1:30 p.m., but a shelter-in-place was not warranted. It was unclear Monday how the student will be punished. Stanton said there was a police presence at dismissal, and it will be maintained over the next several days.

“In light of the recent tragedy in Michigan last week, we understand students and families may be feeling anxious or upset,” the superintendent wrote, referring to the shooting that killed four at Oxford High School in suburban Detroit. “If you or your student need additional support or would like to talk to someone, our school psychologists, school counselors, Director of Pupil Personnel Services Leann Loomis, or acting Principal (Diane) Zamer are available.”

Stanton thanked law enforcement officers for their quick response and support.

“And I want to extend my sincerest appreciation to the students who came forward to report concerning behavior,” she wrote. “In our safety trainings, we use the ‘see something, say something’ protocol and this is exactly what they did; helping us to quickly address the situation.”

“In order to keep everyone in our school communities safe, it is essential that those who see or hear something concerning alert school officials, who can then determine what steps to take,” Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan said in a press release.

According to the release, the incident remains under investigation by Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, the Buckland Police Department, the Shelburne Police Department and the State Police Community Action Team.


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