Jan 27, 2016 3:57 PM

Portsmouth High to discuss safety procedures after fake threat triggered lockdown last week

PORTSMOUTH - The principal of Portsmouth High School is calling for a review of safety procedures following a fake robo-call threat last week.

According to, the caller claimed there were pipe bombs in the school, a car outside full of explosives and someone with a gun waiting if anyone exited the building. The caller also said the bombs would go off in 30 minutes. Similar threats were made the same day at high schools across New England and in other parts of the country.

Principal Mary Lyons, who shared details of the fake threat in an email letter to parents, plans to meet with the Parent Advisory Committee on Feb. 9 to talk about safety issues.

“Events like this can be very scary for both students, staff and parents,” Lyons said in the email. “Our first priority is always the safety of your children. We will continue to work with you, our law enforcement agency, fire departments and other city officials to ensure a safe learning environment for all.”

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