• POLICE: Uxbridge school not in danger after threatening graffiti

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    UXBRIDGE, Mass. - Uxbridge Police say there is no credible threat to McCloskey Middle School after threatening graffiti was found in the building Tuesday.

    Superintendent Kevin Carney sent Boston 25 News a letter he sent to parents and staff. 

    Students found graffiti written in a bathroom that stated: "I'm going to shoot up the school." 

    Police were immediately called.

    Students who used the bathroom within the last hour of school on Tuesday were questioned, but the interviews didn't turn up any leads.

    Police are analyzing writing samples. 

    Officers were at the school before the start of classes on Wednesday to continue the investigation and provide extra security.

    "The Uxbridge Police Department requests that people refrain from discussing this issue on social media as it is leading to rumor and speculation -- and this could impact the investigation," the Superintendent’s letter read.

    Police and school administrators are investigating.

    Full Letter: 

    Dear. Parents and Staff:

    We are writing to provide you with an update regarding the investigation at McCloskey Middle School that involved threatening graffiti found in a bathroom. This message is now being sent to all households in the district as we understand that the incident has become a larger community discussion. Please see the below message from Superintendent Carney to McCloskey Middle School families yesterday.

    The Uxbridge Police Department requests that people refrain from discussing this issue on social media as it is leading to rumor and speculation - and this could impact the investigation. Police and administration will continue the investigation, but at this moment we do not believe there is credible threat.

    We ask for your assistance in talking with your children about the seriousness of making harmful threats in any environment. Our society rightfully has a heightened concern for school violence as well as a heightened awareness for any perceived threat. The Uxbridge Public Schools and the Uxbridge Police Department do not and will not take incidents like this lightly. 

    If you have any questions, concerns, or information, please do not hesitate to contact the Superintendent's Office at (508) 278-8648, the Uxbridge Police Department at 278-7755, or the Principal's Office at (508) 278-8636. Again, we do ask that you refrain from speculation during an ongoing investigation.

    Sincerely,

    Acting Police Chief Tim Burke, Superintendent Kevin Carney, Principal Leanne DeMarco

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