All schools in Nashua, New Hampshire will be closed on Monday, December 21st, due to safety concerns after receiving violent threats directed towards the city’s high schools.
Superintendent Mark Conrad hopes to reopen the schools by Tuesday, but feels it’s necessary to keep the students at their homes on Monday as the threats received were specific to this day.
While details about the threat have not been shared with the public, Conrad has released a statement on the Nashua School District website saying, “We have received a detailed threat of violence to harm students and staff at both high schools… Because the threat is specific and extends to several schools,we will be cautious and close all of our public schools in Nashua tomorrow, Monday, December 21st.”
Additionally, the New Hampshire district’s superintendent shared that the school officials are working with police to verify the credibility of the threats received. Both state and federal agencies are taking part in the investigation.
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The Nashua Police Department have released a statement of their own about the investigation, saying that they “received notification from the Nashua School District of a specific threat of violence directed towards both Nashua Public High Schools. The Nashua Police Department is currently working closely with the Nashua School District Administration as well as several state and federal law enforcement agencies to determine the credibility of the threat.”
Although the investigation is still open and ongoing, Mark Conrad currently expects to reopen the schools by Tuesday. Apologizing to parents for the inconvenience caused by school closures, he said “I regret any difficulties this creates for working parents but safety must remain our first priority.”
New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan added her own statement in which she said “Public safety is any government’s most important responsibility—especially at our schools—and we are closely monitoring the situation in Nashua…We will continue to monitor the situation and work together at the state, local and federal levels to investigate the threat and keep our communities safe.”
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