WAKEFIELD — A very minor incident involving a threat to some Galvin Middle School mates yesterday morning prompted a cautious Supt. Dr. Stephen K. Zrike and Police Chief Rick Smith to make parents throughout the entire district aware that it happened.
In an e-mailed message to families, Zrike writes, “We wanted to make you aware that today we were notified that a student made a low-level threat to a few students at the Galvin Middle School. Wakefield Police, Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC STARS) and Eliot Crisis Services were immediately contacted. This team conducted both a threat and social emotional assessment. It was quickly determined that there was no immediate danger to Galvin students. Additionally, extensive plans and comprehensive supports were put into place for the student making the threat and the student will not be in school until the appropriate time. Further, parents of the students affected have been notified.
“As always, the well being of your children is of utmost importance and we can assure you that the Galvin Middle School remains a safe learning environment for all children. Our schedule and daily operations will remain the same to ensure consistency for our students. Please know that counselors stand ready and available to provide supports to our students as necessary.
“If you have any further questions, we ask that you contact the Galvin Middle School administration or the Wakefield Police Department,” the message ends.
Zrike said this morning that the threat did not involve any type of weapon. The Daily Item learned the threat was more of a warning for youths to stop harassing one particular student.