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Police investigating another threat called in to Boston Children’s Hospital

Details on the nature of the threat weren’t immediately available.Charles Krupa/Associated Press

A threat was called in to Boston Children’s Hospital on Friday, less than two weeks after the hospital received a bomb threat, police said.

Officer Andre Watson, a Boston Police Department spokesman, said the hospital reported the threat at 11:39 a.m. Friday. Watson said the hospital wasn’t evacuated, and details on the nature of the threat weren’t immediately available. It remains under investigation.

The hospital received a bomb threat on the night of Aug. 30, which was determined to be unfounded after responding officers found no explosive device.

Earlier in August, doctors and other hospital staff who treat transgender children started being harassed after the hospital’s pediatric and adolescent transgender health program was targeted on social media by right-wing groups, the Globe has reported.

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On Friday, the hospital said in a statement that its staff was working to understand “the full details” of what transpired.

“Any threats of violence against our employees, doctors, or patients — and the hate speech that is inciting these types of acts — must be fully dealt with by law enforcement. We are deeply relieved there was no bomb found on site, but this type of extremist behavior must end, and we condemn it in the strongest terms.”

The hospital said it’s “working with local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities and outside experts to hold accountable the individuals threatening our providers and patients.”

“The safety and security of our staff, our patients, and their families remain our top priority and we have put in place additional security measures to continue our lifesaving health care. We will do everything we can to ensure our people are protected and that those responsible for these threats are brought to justice,” the statement said.


Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.