Student charged with threatening Catholic high school in Methuen

A student at Presentation of Mary Academy in Methuen has been charged with spray-painting a threatening message against the school on the side of one of its buildings, police said.

The juvenile male, whose name and age were not disclosed, will be summonsed to Lawrence Juvenile District Court, Methuen police said in a statement Friday.

“No individual was named in the threat, and no specific date or time was mentioned,” police said, but they did not further describe the threat.


Methuen police arrived at the co-ed Catholic high school on Lawrence Street at about 4 p.m. Wednesday, after a student spotted the threat on the side of the Dupre Center, which houses the school’s gymnasium.

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Police say they do not know exactly when the message was left.

“Out of an abundance of caution,” the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council School Threat Assessment Team was brought in to investigate, Methuen police said. The group consists of officers from Middlesex and Essex counties who are trained to respond to school-related incidents.

The beginning of school was delayed Thursday with heightened security and a controlled entry, police said.

Chief Joseph E. Solomon addressed the threat in a video posted on the police department’s Twitter account Thursday morning.


“If your children are coming here, to Presentation of Mary today, we are here, we will be here with them,’’ he said. “If we thought they shouldn’t have been here, we would have cancelled school.”

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