Bomb threat leads to high school evacuation in Melrose

Daniel DeMaina

A written bomb threat found in a boy’s bathroom led to the evacuation of Melrose High School on Wednesday morning and a sweep of the building by the Melrose Police Department.

At approximately 11 a.m., a message was found in the stall of a boys’ bathroom referencing a bomb with Wednesday’s date, Dec. 19. High school students were evacuated to the middle school auditorium. Students were allowed back into the high school around 1:30 p.m.

Also responding to the scene was the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council's (NEMLEC) School Threat Assessment and Response System (STARS), as well as State Police.

During the time of the evacuation, Melrose Police would only say that there was a threat, that all the students were moved into the middle school auditorium and that police were on the scene investigating.

Superintendent Joe Casey sent out a message via the ConnectEd phone message system to parents alerting them to the situation.

“Although it was determined to be low-level threat, we immediately contacted the local police department and have moved to ensure the safety of all students at the middle and high school,” Casey said. “After a search of the high school by public safety and STARS/NEMLEC officers, the high school students will return to their classes.”

High School Principal Joe Dillon could not be reached for comment.