Rumored threat will lead to increased police presence at Hampshire Regional High School on Friday
WESTHAMPTON — Students at Hampshire Regional Middle and High School will be greeted by an increased police presence Friday, although the town’s police chief said the move is strictly precautionary.
Chief David A. White said police from Westhampton and Southampton spent most of Thursday investigating a report that a student had threatened to harm a group of students. He said the threat proved to be unfounded.
“There was no credibility to it at all,” White said.
Even so, officers from Westhampton and Southampton will be at the school Friday as a precaution, White said. He encouraged students and parents to speak with an officer if they have concerns.
“The safest place in the five towns will be at Hampshire Regional” Friday, White said.
Hampshire Regional school officials sent out an automated call to families Thursday evening alerting them of the expected police presence and assuring them that they are committed to student safety.
Students were told that absences from school would be excused Friday. Messages left with the superintendent and two assistant principals were not returned.
Students from Chesterfield, Goshen, Southampton, Westhampton and Williamsburg attend Hampshire Regional.