Published in the February 2, 2016 edition.
WAKEFIELD — Wakefield Memorial High School was evacuated just before 11 a.m. this morning after the school became the latest to fall victim to the rash of recent automated phone threats called into area schools.
Parents of WMHS students received the following text from Principal Rich Metropolis at about 10:40 a.m. today:
“This morning Wakefield Memorial High School received an automated phone call similar in nature to other threats made in surrounding communities during recent weeks. In accordance with the Massachusetts State Police guidelines, the district administrative team, along with the Wakefield Police and Fire Departments has initiated a precautionary evacuation. The field house has been cleared and students will be moved there shortly. Updates will be made as more information becomes available.”
At approximately 11:40 the school was cleared to resume back to normal.
More than a dozen Massachusetts schools have received bomb threats in recent weeks, including schools in Groton, Weymouth, Taunton, Arlington, Plymouth, Waltham, Ayer, Tewksbury, Newton, Billerica, Swampsott, Boston, Kingston and Westford (Nashoba Valley Tech).
Some of the threats have come by phone and of those some were made via automated calls. Nothing hazardous was found at any of the schools.