WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Police and school officials searched Mount Greylock Regional High School on Thursday night after a rumored threat.
In two messages to the Mount Greylock community, Principal Mary A. MacDonald said the search for unidentified "contraband" on the school grounds came after a consultation with Department of Children and Families "that an at-risk student might pose a threat."
Police Chief Kyle Johnson, reached Friday night, said an officer assisted school officials in the search along with a state police K-9 unit. Johnson said nothing was found and no one was charged "as the rumor was unfounded."
He said the search had nothing to do with the pursuit of a suspected drug dealer that also occurred on Thursday night.
MacDonald's message late Friday afternoon provided few details, such as when the search occurred. The search did include the fact that the school's crisis management team was assembled.
"We are not at liberty to provide further details, however, we remain vigilant and will communicate with you as the need arises," the principal wrote in Friday's message.
In a message Sunday night, MacDonald clarified that the search had been Thursday night and that there were no students in the building.
"If there was any validity to the allegation, students would not have been allowed to re-enter on Friday, September 6th," she wrote.
The district had done "extensive groundwork" over the summer refining emergency planning, she said, incluidng an all-school evacuation drill with the Fire Department there to observe on Thursday.
"As part of our crisis management planning efforts, we will be sharing aspects of our plan with parents and guardians in the next few weeks."
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