Bomb threats have forced three Massachusetts schools to evacuate students.
Police are investigating bomb threats made against Arlington High School, Groton Middle School and the Florence Roche School on Tuesday morning, NECN has reported. Arlington High has been dismissed, and the other two schools have been evacuated.
Police have said that Arlington High received a robocall threatening that a bomb would be detonated and students would be shot as they fled, the Boston Globe reported in a related article.
“We are doing a controlled release,’’ Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan said to the Globe. “We are sheltering in place while we are releasing students by [building] assignment.”
Please do not respond to the High School campus at this time. We need to keep it clear to aid in the dismissal.
— Arlington Police (@ArlingtonMAPD) January 19, 2016
Ryan said that the response is a joint effort between his officers, Cambridge police and the threat assessment arm of the NEMLEC law enforcement consortium, the Globe added.
The threat is not thought to be credible, but police are nevertheless taking all necessary precautions, the Arlington Police posted to Twitter.