Threat prompts cancelation of classes at Longmeadow middle school

Published: Jan. 27, 2023 at 6:19 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 27, 2023 at 3:40 PM EST
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LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) - Classes at Glenbrook Middle School in Longmeadow were canceled Friday after a student found a threat Thursday in a bathroom that threatened future school violence.

Western Mass News obtained the notice sent to parents Thursday night from Longmeadow Public School Superintendent Marty O’Shea, which said, in part:

“To be clear, while we have no reason to believe that a genuine threat exists, we do not yet have the confidence to confirm that the school violence threat made at Glenbrook is a criminal hoax.”

“Sadly, there are too many examples of school tragedies that could have been prevented with greater due diligence and investigation. As such, in an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult decision to cancel school at Glenbrook on Friday.”

School was cancelled just for Glenbrook on Friday and Longmeadow Police increased their presence at other schools across town as well.

Longmeadow Police launched an investigation into who made the threat, but as of Friday afternoon, they still hadn’t determined the threat to be credible or a hoax. In a second statement sent to parents, O’Shea said:

“While the investigation into this matter is not complete, progress is being made. I am grateful to the Longmeadow Police Department and the Glenbrook administrative team for their diligence and determination throughout the investigation. As soon as possible and when prudent, I will provide you with updates or information on our assessment of this threat.”

O’Shea also detailed how schools will return to classes on Monday. He said that the day will begin with a staff meeting led by school and district administration and the Longmeadow Police Department. He added:

“With input from our LPS counselors, we will provide resources, supports, messages, and strategies to allay concerns, promote a sense of safety and assure students that they are in the care of trusted adults.”

The superintendent said that parents and families can expect a more detailed re-entry plan before Monday’s return to classes.