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Bomb threats cause SMS evacuation

SHIRLEY — The police and fire departments responded to a call from Shirley Middle School interim Principal Thomas Casey, who reported that graffiti written on the wall and on a urinal in the main floor boys’ restroom said “4-10 Bomb.”

The call was received at 10:41 a.m. on Monday, according to a press release.

Police Chief Paul Thibodeau and Sgt. Kevin Nickerson were the first law enforcement officials to arrive at the school. Casey took them to the location of the graffiti, at which time the police initiated the school’s crisis plan.

Immediately, the school was evacuated. Students were directed to the back school yards.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Scott was also present at the time of the incident, as noted in the police statement, and fire officials were also called to the school to assist police.

School Committee Chairman Robert Prescott said he was notified of the incident by e-mail soon after.

Following the evacuation, police and fire department officials searched every room and opened and searched all lockers at the school. The search took approximately one hour, the release reads.

When officials determined the building was safe, students were allowed to re-enter the middle school.

”They followed the crisis plan, and everything went smoothly,” Prescott said.

An assembly was held by Casey with Thibodeau present, during which Casey addressed the students.

A second, similar incident occurred on Tuesday at 10:09 a.m.

Police were not available for additional comment, and a call placed to Scott was referred to Casey.

Casey could not be reached for comment.

An investigation led by officers Steven Clark and Everett Moody is underway regarding the two incidents.

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