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Nov 30, 2015 1:54 PM

UPDATE: Police say 'vague' social media threat that locked down Winnisquam schools not credible


TILTON - A vague but violent threat via social media led to a "soft’’ lockdown of Winnisquam Regional High School and the adjourning middle school in Tilton this morning.

READ: Winnisquam schools placed on 'soft lockdown' after threat found on social media app

A student reported that on an app called After School on Facebook someone anonymously threatened to kill people at the school.

For a few hours, police inspected all backpacks and restricted to one door letting anyone come in or out of the school.

Students were kept in their classrooms.

Superintendent Tammy Davis said school operations would returned to a normal schedule as of the lunch hour.

Police Chief Bob Cormier said investigators determined the threat was "not credible’’ but will continue to investigate and fully prosecute the source.

Cormier said these threats leave a "good-sized digital footprint."

The Tilton Police Department with the assistance of the FBI has identified the person responsible by about 2 p.m.

During interviews with NH1 News, students and parents said the reaction was a mix of annoyance and fear but they all said the quick police presence made them feel safe.

By noon, about 25 parents had come to take their children home from the high school with an enrollment of nearly 500 students.

The threat was lodged against the high school but the middle school also got put into lockdown because it’s next door as a precaution, Cormier said.


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