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Facebook Photo, Perceived Threat Bring Police To Greater Lowell Tech

Oct 05, 2016 08:00PM ● By Bill Gilman

An 18-year-old Greater Lowell Tech student posted this photo on Facebook, showing himself holding a realistic looking BB gun. The photo, and connected text, was perceived by some other GLT students to be a possible threat against the school.

Atty. Paul King

 No charges are expected to be filed in connection with incident involving a student at the Greater Lowell Technical High School and a perceived threat to the school posted on Facebook.

According to a statement released by Tyngsborough Police Chief Richard Howe, multiple officers responded to the school, located on Pawtucket Boulevard, after being informed that an 18-year-old student at the school appeared to have posted a photo of himself holding a gun, along with a threat, on his Facebook account.

Students were searched as they entered the school and the student who posted the photo was removed by officers. According to Howe, no weapon was found at the school. A search of the student's home located the gun in the photo, which turned out to be an air soft handgun (BB gun).

Parents were informed of the situation in an e-mail from Assistant Superintendent-Principal Jill Davis. In her e-mail, Davis said the threat was posted on a personal Facebook page and was not directed toward the school.

In his statement, Howe confirmed that hat as a result of the investigation, it was determined that no "direct threat" was made to students or staff at the school.

Here is the complete text of the statement released by Chief Howe:

The Tyngsborough Police Department responded to the Lowell Vocational Technical High School at 7:05 this morning, October 5th, located on Pawtucket Blvd. in Tyngsborough, after being informed of a threatening Facebook post by a student.

Officers conducted a search of the school as students were just entering the building for the beginning of classes.  The student in question, an 18 yr. old male, was subsequently located and removed from the student population.  The student, who we are not identifying, apparently posted a picture of himself on Facebook with what turned out to be an air soft handgun, the student made statements on his page that were interpreted by others as a direct threat of violence at the school.  At this time there does not appear that a direct threat of violence was made by the student.  A search of the students’ residence was conducted by Tyngsborough officers as a result of this incident, the airsoft handgun was located.

School operations were not interrupted, the Vocational School will be handling the situation with the student and his parents administratively.  There are no pending criminal charges at this time.


Al Fresca


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