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Portsmouth student threatened to 'shoot up the school'

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (WHDH) - A high school student from Portsmouth is under investigation by police after he sent a worrisome text to a classmate.

Police say the upperclassman at Portsmouth High School texted a friend saying he was going to bring a gun to school for a shooting then immediately followed up with a text saying he was joking.

The friend didn’t see it as a joke and notified the assistant principal.

“I think what the school did was they notified the SRO who in turn notified the PD and they came and responded. The school itself conducted an investigation, they knew immediately that the student had left. The have an open campus and the student had left the campus for the day so there wasn’t an immediate threat to the building itself. Detective were able to locate that child at his home,” Portsmouth Superintendent Edward McDonough said.

Portsmouth police spoke with the student who acknowledged using poor judgment when sending the text.

Officers say the student doesn’t have a gun and doesn’t have access to one.

“When there are threats of violence at the school we have a disciple policy that will be implemented,” McDonough said.

There have been no charges filed against the student at this time but police are still looking into the incident.
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