WEST NEWBURY — Students and staff at Pentucket Regional High School were ordered to stay inside the building for about two hours yesterday starting around 11:15 a.m., after a note containing concerning language was discovered.
During those two hours, police resources from several different agencies including local police, state police and others searched inside and around the building as students and faculty remained, according to School Superintendent Jeffrey Mulqueen.
“(There was) no evidence it was actually going to be executed,” Mulqueen said, who added he didn’t know where the note was discovered.
As per standard procedure, school officials contacted local police and it was determined that a lockdown was the best course of action. Once the lockdown was called off, police remained at the school until the 2 p.m. dismissal as an added precaution.
“Safety of the children is of the utmost importance,” Mulqueen said.
Last May, a male student was placed under arrest after bringing a replica gun to the school; it prompted a brief lockdown.