Police respond to spray painted threats at Catholic high school in Methuen

Police are searching the Presentation of Mary Academy Thursday as a precaution after threats were discovered spray painted on the walls inside the Catholic high school, Methuen Police Chief Joseph E. Solomon said.

In a public service announcement posted to the department’s Twitter account, Solomon said PMA staff alerted law enforcement about the spray painted threats Wednesday night. He did not disclose the contents, but said only PMA was included in the threat.

“The threat does not affect any other school,’’ he said. “It was specific to PMA. However, it was not specific to date and time.”

He said Methuen officers and a school threat assessment team from NEMLEC, the regional specialized police agency, are on scene checking out the school before classes begin later Thursday.


He addressed parents of PMA students directly.

“If your children are coming to PMA - we are here, we will be there with them,’’ he said. “If we thought they shouldn’t be here, we would have cancelled school.”

A PMA official could not be immediately reached for comment Thursday.

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