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Franklin High briefly evacuated after threatening e-mail

A threat contained in an e-mail led to a brief evacuation Tuesday of Franklin High School. Students were sent to a neighboring school, while the building was searched, town officials said.

No evidence of a crime was found, Franklin School Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski said in a statement.

“Thanks to the rapid response of law enforcement officials, students and staff were not in any danger,’’ Sabolinksi said. “We will cooperate with law enforcement officials to see that those responsible will never perpetrate this type of threat again.’’

According to the superintendent, Peter Light, principal of the high school, received the e-mail early Tuesday morning and alerted law enforcement. Franklin police and firefighters went to the scene, and State Police sent troopers to assist, Sabolinski said.

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The superintendent said officials were not convinced that the threat was credible, but officials decided to evacuate and search the building “to take all necessary precautions to ensure a safe environment for students and faculty.’’

Students and staff relocated to the Horace Mann Middle School while officials searched the high school. Students started returning to the buildings around 9 a.m., Sabolinski said.

“We want to thank our faculty and students for the way they conducted themselves during this situation,’’ Sabolinski said.


John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.