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Dec 20, 2015 8:32 PM

Nashua schools cancel classes Monday in response to threats of violence

NASHUA - All schools in the city will be closed Monday due to a threat of violence directed toward two schools in the district.

The Nashua school district posted a statement Sunday night from Superintendent Mark Conrad on their website, stating:

"We have received a detailed threat of violence to harm students and staff at both (Nashua North and Nashua South) high schools. The threat is specific to tomorrow (Monday). We have been working closely with the Nashua Police Department which is still working to determine the credibility of the threat," Conrad writes.

"Because the threat is specific and extends to several schools," he said, "we will be cautious and close all of our public schools in Nashua tomorrow, Monday, December 21st. I do expect our schools to reopen on Tuesday. I regret any difficulties this creates for working parents but safety must remain our first priority. Thank you."

A school administrator received the threat via email earlier on Sunday. That administrator then contacted police. Nashua police are asking people not to call the department for specific updates on the shutdown while they await more information.

Gov. Maggie Hassan issued the following statement after the alert:

"Public safety is any government's most important responsibility - especially at our schools - and we are closely monitoring the situation in Nashua. I have been in contact with Mayor Lozeau and the emergency operations center, and the State Police and state emergency management officials are working closely with the Nashua Police Department, local public safety officials and the FBI. We will continue to monitor the situation and work together at the state, local and federal levels to investigate the threat and keep our communities safe," the statement reads.

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