Rumor of Gun in Dracut High Unfounded
DRACUT -- An investigation into a rumor that a Dracut High student brought a gun to school determined the claim was unfounded, authorities say.
A student passed a “second-hand report” to a coach at around 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 about a student being in possession of a gun during school hours, according to a Tuesday press release issued by Dracut police and the Dracut Public Schools administration.
“Within minutes of the student’s report, the Dracut Police Department and the school administration were contacted,” the release states. “Within the hour, the student had been interviewed by the Dracut Police and an investigation began.”
Early on in the investigation, it was established there was no evidence that a gun was brought to the school and no student had ever been seen with a weapon. Upon conclusion of the investigation, police submitted criminal complaints to the Lowell Juvenile Court involving two Dracut High students, the release states.
One student is expected to be arraigned this week on charges in connection with making a verbal threat that a firearm was contained in a backpack. A second student is also expected to be arraigned this week on charges of intimidation of a witness and making threats to commit a crime.
The charges do not include anything related to possession of a weapon, the release states.
“Although no weapon was ever on school property, the Dracut Police take threats seriously,” Dracut Police Chief Peter Bartlett stated in Tuesday’s release. “Our ongoing cooperation with the school administration is an expression of the priority we place on school safety.”
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