Though officials assessed the threats and concluded they were not credible, police presence at Salem Schools increased throughout the day out of an abundance of caution. Between the Friday night and Saturday morning, the SPD said they received over 20 anonymous calls that threatened acts of violence, even taunting police to try and catch them.
Because of the high volume of calls, several were routed to the Marblehead Police Department.
After investigation, officials found the calls had come from a deactivated cell phone that was still capable of dialing 9-1-1. Based on information gleaned from the threatening calls, the SPD investigators were able to get a general location of the callers and identified three Salem resident juveniles as suspects early Saturday morning.
Police say all three juveniles will be charged for making threatening calls.
"The Salem Police Department takes any threats directed against our schools and our school children seriously and criminal behavior such as the anonymous 9-1-1 calls will be thoroughly investigated," a statement from the SPD read.