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Jan 6, 2017 3:49 PM

Oyster River superintendent: Student who made bomb threat caught, will be charged


DURHAM — Oyster River Cooperative School District superintendent witnessed his first bomb threat in December 2016, and has followed up with a letter to parents on Friday.

Oyster River High School shut down midday on Dec. 6 due to a time "specific" bomb threat, the threat closed school for 760 students.

The threat, which was written on a girl's bathroom wall, stated that a bomb would go off in the afternoon. The Durham Police Department was called and actively investigated the situation, along with the state police bomb squad.

Now, a month later, Superintendent Dr. Jim Morse has followed up with an email updating parents about their findings in the investigation.

Here is the letter:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This is a follow-up email related to the bomb scare that occurred at Oyster River High School before the holidays. The scare caused great distress for our families, our school system, and our communities. Many of you contacted me directly sharing your concerns and offering advice as to how to improve our emergency protocols even further. Thank you.

An adolescent has come forward and confessed. I cannot share any identifying information or details as adolescent identity is protected by both federal FERPA statutes and state laws. The District will press charges and follow ORCSD Disciplinary Policies. Please know that school personnel are not allowed to discuss this incident beyond the information shared in this email.

Our goal, as always, is to provide a safe school environment that allows our staff to maximize the learning opportunities for your children.

Dr. Jim Morse
Superintendent, ORCSD

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