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Officials reassure parents after student brings weapon to Southbridge school

Security has been heightened at the Southbridge Middle/High School after a student was found with a weapon on the premises on Tuesday, school officials said.

The student, who has not been identified, is said to have made threats against the school and was removed from the building after the weapon was discovered, according to a letter sent home to parents from Southbridge acting superintendent Terry L. Wiggin.

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Authorities did not say what kind of weapon the student had.

“There is currently no [immediate] danger at the middle high school,” Wiggin said in the letter. “Your children should be encouraged to attend school for the remainder of the week and feel safe that they will be able to participate in their education without fear of threat of violence.”

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The Southbridge police are investigating the incident with the school, which is now implementing physical and procedural security enhancements.

A message left with Wiggin was not immediately returned.

Sarah N. Mattero can be reached at sarah.mattero@globe.com.
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