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Police Presence At Wynn School Today In Wake Of Bomb Scare

School was evacuated Wednesday afternoon after a threatening note is found scribbled on a wall.

If Wednesday's bomb scare at the was intended as a "joke" or a "prank," and Superintendent of Schools Dr. John O'Connor are not laughing.

There will be a police presence at the school today (May 24) in the wake of an incident that forced the evacuation of students and staff and an early end to the school day.

According to Sheehan, the incident began around 1 p.m. when a male student found a note scrawled on the bathroom wall, written by someone who indicated they had a bomb.

"I can tell you the words were very small," said O'Connor, at Wednesday night's School Committee meeting at the Wynn School. "My thumb could have covered all of them. It was clearly written by a student."

School officials notified the Police Department at 1:15 p.m. and emergency crews were on the scene immediately. Sheehan said the NEMLEC STARS Team was notified and activated and that a perimeter was established. Regional responders came from as far away as Wenham and Boston.

The building was evacuated, with students and staff going to an area on Victor Drive. According to O'Connor, the students were outside for 75 minutes before they were released to go home.

Parents were notified of the situation but were unable to pickup their children until the normal release time.

In the meantime, K-9 teams, police officers, and school department staff worked together to search the school for anything out of the ordinary.  Nothing was located and just before 4 p.m., the school was cleared and emergency responders left the scene, according to Sheehan.

Both the Police Department and the School Department are taking the case very seriously. According to O'Connor, the TPD is investigating the case and are aggressively looking for the student or students responsible. O'Connor had a message for that person.

"Regardless of the age, you face the possibility of arrest and court and the embarrassment that comes with that," he said. "Parents need to know this is something we take very seriously."

In addition, said Sheehan, there will be an increased police presence inside the Wynn School throughout the school day Thursday.

 May seems to be the month for these types of incidents. In May 2011, similar types of incidents resulted in evacuations of the and the

Rusty May 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Time for a makeup Saturday.
denise May 24, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Ya...if the Wynn does that...someone will come forward to tell who wrote it!
bk May 24, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I agree
Kristin M May 24, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Who pays the bill for all of this? Does it come out of the school dept budget ? If the child is caught, are his/her parents financially liable for any of it ?
Tewksbury97 May 24, 2012 at 10:04 PM
My daughter told me that they took away all fun privileges that they were given until the person who wrote this gets caught. Maybe that will make the kid confesses.
trish May 29, 2012 at 06:07 PM
My son told me the same thing
denise May 29, 2012 at 07:09 PM
I doubt the naughty kids were gonna participate with the 'fun activities..." too bad it punishes the wrong kids... :(

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