Bourne High School Student Charged for School Shooting Threat
BOURNE — A Bourne High School student who sparked a police response after allegedly threatening to bring a gun to school and use it is now facing charges of making terroristic threats.
Bourne public schools all saw an increased police presence on Wednesday, after police said a high school student threatened a school shooting the day before.
Police and the school district wrote in a joint statement on Tuesday that a high school student — who is not being identified — allegedly "made comments indicating they were going to bring a firearm to school and intended to use that firearm."
A high school staff member notified police and identified the student, and police confirmed that the student did not have a weapon on them, nor did they possess a firearm.
Police said a preliminary investigation verified that the student did not have any access to guns.
However, as a precaution, extra police officers were placed at each school in the district on Wednesday, the department noted.
"The school system and police department take any threat toward students or staff seriously and do not condone any actions or comments made by anyone which threaten the students or staff," the Tuesday statement read.
In an update posted publicly on Wednesday, the department reiterated that police take threats "very seriously" and added, "if evidence is found during an investigation that supports filing criminal charges, we pursue those charges."
Police said the student involved in this particular case will be charged with making "terroristic threats" after officers "found sufficient evidence" to support the charges.
The department went on to call safety of students, teachers and staff in Bourne schools "a top priority."
"This includes seeking charges when threats are made that cause anxiety, unrest, fear, or personal discomfort to others," police wrote.
No further details are being released.