Taunton Students and Parents Demand Answers Following School Threat
By: Scott Cook
TAUNTON, M.A. (WLNE) — Two school in Taunton, Taunton High and Parker Middle School, were closed Tuesday after a threat was made against the schools on Monday.
Taunton Police held a press conference at the schools early Tuesday morning, addressing the threat. A handful of parents and students also showed up for it and many left with more questions than answers.
"A decision was made based on the preliminary investigation to cancel school at Taunton High School and the adjacent Parker Middle School due to [Tuesdays] date being written on that note," said Lt. Eric Nichols of the Taunton Police Department.
Police did not get into the specifics of the threatening note or the investigation, as it is still active. The move leaving many parents and teachers feeling left in the dark.
"I need more answers," said Christine Micheli, a parent of a freshman student at Taunton High. "I just don’t know, to be honest with you, I don’t know what I’m going to do. [Taunton Police] said absolutely nothing today."
Students who showed up said they were shocked and terrified by the threat on their school.
"It’s crazy to think it actually happens to your school," said freshman, Riley Patten. "We are a small little city and I never thought something like that would happen to us."
Parents and guardians demanded answers and action.
"How do we feel safe?" asked Christine Micheli. "Yes it had today’s date on the note, okay, but how do we know what’s going to happen tomorrow? I need to know my son is 100% safe at school."
"I think we should do away with guns," said Elizabeth Powell, aunt of freshman Riley Patten. "This is getting ridiculous, I mean I’m 87 years old and never, never in my whole life have I ever seen anything like this happening day in and day out. I think something should really be done about it."
Both Taunton High and Parker Middle School will be open again Wednesday, but many of the parents ABC6 spoke to said that they will keep their children home again and perhaps do the same throughout the rest of the week.
Taunton Police also held a meeting with faculty at both schools Tuesday morning to brief them on the investigation and ask for their help in it.
Both schools will have to make up the missed day at the end of the year.