Threat Prompts Police Presence At Sudbury Middle School

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(Ben Parker/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

SUDBURY (WBZ-AM) -- A threat involving a firearm was made against a middle school in Sudbury this week. Though the threat was not deemed credible, it raised concerns and elicited a law enforcement response Thursday morning--and one juvenile could face charges.

In a release sent to parents Wednesday night, Sudbury Superintendent Anne Wilson said the threat had been made over Snapchat, and that students may be aware of the threat from information shared on that platform. She told parents that classes would continue the next day, but a heavy police presence would be in place.

Wilson and Sudbury Police Chief Scott Nix discussed the threat in a press briefing. They credited a student who reported the threat to authorities.

Nix said the student who made the threat was identified, and said police spoke to their parents.

"The parents were very cooperative, allowed us to take measures among other measures that we have to ensure to the best of our ability that there was no firearm," he said.

Wilson said counselors are available to any student who might need help with concerns or have more information. She said the student involved may face charges and/or school discipline.

Barbara Kyler lives near the school and had children who attended it in the past. She told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Ben Parker that, whether the threats are real or not, they put a fear into peoples' lives.

"It makes us all live in a state of constant anxiety, which is not healthy for us, emotionally or politically," she said. "To live with that kind of cloud, it's like a white noise almost--what terrible thing can happen today?"

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Ben Parker reports

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