Holyoke High North students see heightened safety precautions following graffiti threat | News

Students at Holyoke High School’s North Campus encountered metal detectors and backpack searches before entering the building on Thursday.



HOLYOKE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) — Students at Holyoke High School’s North Campus were greeted with metal detectors and backpack searches before entering the building on Thursday. There has also been an increased police presence after a threat to the high school earlier this week.

Holyoke Public Schools took these safety precautions after a graffiti threat was discovered in a toilet stall on Tuesday.

The district said the actions were taken out of an abundance of caution. There were metal detectors and backpack searches for everyone who entered the building. The students were told that if they missed school today, it would be an unjustified absence.

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Holyoke High School principal Lori McKenna told Western Mass News in a statement, in part:

“Today’s additional security measures went as planned, and nothing was found when screening students and visitors upon arrival at Holyoke High School North this morning.”

We asked the school district if any students were under investigation and could face school sanctions. They told us, in part:

“The investigation is ongoing. Anyone found responsible for writing this graffiti on the washroom wall could face criminal charges and school penalties, in accordance with our established code of conduct.

So far, the police and school investigation has found no evidence of a credible threat. As for Friday, we’re told additional steps are still being decided.


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Susan W. Lloyd