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Pathfinder Regional High evacuated following threat

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PALMER, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Two threats in one day cause school evacuations in Palmer. Police found concerning messages written inside Palmer High School and Pathfinder Regional High school Wednesday.

Police are calling both threats at both high schools 'low level' threats, but are still taking them very seriously by evacuating both schools and doing full searches.

Students evacuated Pathfinder Regional just after noon Wednesday and stood in the parking lot with questions.

Some students left in cars, others waited for busses, as parents began to frantically arrive to find their children safe.

"He texted both me and his father and said there was a threat of a fire, then I left to go to work and his father called and said it was a bomb threat...and I said 'I was coming to get him because I wasn't going to leave him here' and I sped to get here to get him!" said Kimberly Houle, a Pathfinder parent.

Police and fire were on-scene following a concerning threat that was written on a bathroom wall.

The threat on Pathfinder comes just hours after Palmer High School was evacuated just before the first bell rang, due to a threat found on a back door of their school.

Palmer school Superintendent Thomas Charko says the threat said "school shooting, I'll kill" with today's date.

Police say the building is now deemed safe and students will return to school tomorrow.

"Actually have officers in all the schools today until the end of school and we plan on doing that until at least the remainder of the week and increase police presence," said Palmer police Chief John Janulewicz

Students will also only be allowed to enter through Palmer high school's front door Thursday morning.

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