Westfield school officials respond to student threat

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On Dec. 5, Westfield High School administrators were made aware of graffiti on a WHS bathroom stall which contained threatening language. School officials said the graffiti contained aggressive wording about blowing up the school.

The administrators and the Westfield Police Dept. have investigated the incident and deemed the threat non-credible. WPD identified the perpetrator, and the student in question will not attend school Dec. 6. Measures are being taken by the WPD and WHS administrators to decide the appropriate discipline. WHS released two messages following the incident:

“Today Westfield High School administrators were made aware of graffiti on a WHS bathroom stall containing threatening language. WHS administrators and Westfield Police Department (WPD) have investigated this incident. We want to reassure our Rocks family that the safety of our staff and students is our top priority.  After a thorough investigation, there is no evidence to deem this threat credible. This type of activity in our schools will not be tolerated. WPD is always on site and will continue to operate as they do each and every day.  If there is any additional information to share, we will keep you updated.”

The second message is addressed to WHS parents and reads:

“WHS administrators and the Westfield Police Department have identified the perpetrator who graffitied the threatening language on the bathroom stall today. The student in question will not be at school tomorrow, and measures are being taken by WPD and school administrators regarding appropriate discipline.  Thank you for your patience today as we worked to resolve this matter. We realize anxiety is high and situations like this take time as an extensive and thorough investigation is conducted.”

Citing privacy laws, school officials declined to comment on future actions such as filing charges against the student, or whether the student will face suspension or expulsion.

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