UPDATED: Threatening Note Found, North Street School Evacuated

Police say the school is clear and they know who wrote the note.

UPDATED: 11:45 A.M.

The was  evacuated this morning after a threatening note was found inside the building.

would not disclose the specifics of the note but did say it was found in a girls bathroom of the school.

"The note was found by a student, who brought it to the office and they called police," he said.

O'Connor said students werE evacuated to the as a precaution and that all measures were taken to ensure student safety,

Police and Fire Department personnel responded to the scene, as well as the STARS regional emergency response team.

At 11:15 a.m., Deputy Police Chief John Voto confirmed the school had been thoroughly searched and that nothing had been found. He said students had been cleared to return to the school.

Voto also stated that police knew who wrote the note and that it was being handled as a juvenile matter.

North Street School, 133 North St., serves third and fourth grade students.

Dan May 05, 2011 at 03:29 PM
When they catch whoever did this, I hope they make the person Pay for all expenses that were incured, instead of the taxpayers!!!
Melissa Gleaton May 05, 2011 at 04:08 PM
I heard a rumor it was a student... Somehow I doubt his/her parents will get a bill...
lof39 May 05, 2011 at 04:16 PM
really a 3rd/4th grader doing this???? Jeez
Jill May 05, 2011 at 05:18 PM
Well, if you read the bottom of the article it says being handled as a juvenile matter...
Shannon May 05, 2011 at 05:42 PM
I hope that there will be some tyype of punishment for whoevever did this. My 9 year old daughter goes to North Street School and was very scared today as to what was going on. Things 9 year olds shld not have to deal with. And for a child to do something like this is crazy......I am just glad to see if it was a real situation my child wld be safe and in good hands. Great job everyone making these kids feel safe and not worried.
Jen Bowers May 05, 2011 at 06:39 PM
That kid must have serious issues
Christian Panasuk May 05, 2011 at 07:08 PM
WCAP in Lowell has broadcast that the girl who turned the note into the office, ultimately admitted that she has written the note. They said the matter would be handled with the parents.
Dan May 05, 2011 at 08:37 PM
Your right , there will be No bill!!! Forget the Fear these little ones had, and the Fear their parents had. The lost of schooltime, the bussing cost to another school. This is Massachusetts, No One is to blame!!!!Home school the kid!!!!
Booya84 May 06, 2011 at 01:19 AM
Hey Cheri, would you like your kid sitting in a school while they investigated who did it? I don't think so. Your probably the mother who said "not my kid"
Booya84 May 06, 2011 at 01:55 AM
Cheri, do you have children? If it was a 1% chance of a bomb being in the building I wouldn't want my daughter to be put in a position of being hurt. Why take the chance? God bless those teachers for doing the right thing. They don't get paid enough!!
Kirsten May 06, 2011 at 02:12 AM
"Probability that a 9y/o had a bomb in the school is zero". Are you serious? I beg you to remove your "blinders". It's this thought process that enables children to do and get away with even more. I work at one of our local hospitals. Do you know just how many 9, 10, 11, and 12 year olds smoke legal and illegal substances? Do you know how many of them are sexually active or at least extremely knowledgable in sex ed? Do you know just how many of them suffer from depression? Do you know that they are a million time more proficient with computers than the average 25y/o, and can search the internet like it's nobody's business? With all this said, you think a bomb is out of the question? All it takes is a few firecrackers and a few other common supplies to blow up that girls bathroom. I think all the proper measures were taken. I can understand the nervousness and fright amongst the parents today. I can't even imagine how scared those children were, but I think everything was handled very appropriately. I agree that we shouldn't have to pay for one child's issues, but I certainly will if it means my child will remain safe whether it a threat or reality. I do hope the highest form of punishment takes place to not only teach this child a lesson they'll never forget, but to show the other children this absolutely will not be tolerated.
Chris May 06, 2011 at 02:04 PM
Don't forget to leave out the PD and FD.. it was definitely a team effort to move that many kids with no further incident.
Donna May 06, 2011 at 02:33 PM
Well said!
Kirsten May 06, 2011 at 05:31 PM
Thank you Donna!!!! =)
will May 08, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Kelly May 13, 2011 at 05:07 PM
Smarten up about what exactly? That children can not be allowed to behave this way? That obviously what we are doing as a society to deter children from acting out in such an inapropriate manner isn't working well enough? Tewksbury has had more than its fair share of bomb threats over the past few years and it seems to me that our methods of "disciplining" the culprits are not sending a strong enough message home to both the children who have committed the offense and future culprits and their parents. Case and point- it is now Friday afternoon at 12:58pm as I type this and the High School has been evacuated for a bomb threat and the kids bussed over to the Middle School. The Junior Prom that was supposed to be a funfilled event this evening for the kids is a no go. It's time to truly punish the offenders in an appropriate way, expulsion from school if above a certain age, full monetary restitution to the town and psychiatric counceling (paid for by the offenders parents) for both the offender and their parents. I think we do need to smarten up Will, but not in the way you might intend.


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