UPDATED: Bourne Middle School placed on lockdown as multiple police units respond to apparent “swatting” call

– Multiple Bourne Police units rushed to the Bourne Middle School on Waterhouse Road sometime after 11 AM. The school was placed on lockdown.

About 12:30 PM, Bourne Police released the following statement: “At approximately 11:07 AM on October 3, 2018, the Bourne Police Department received a call from an employee at Bourne Middle School advising that they received a call from someone claiming to be an active shooter inside the school. Officers immediately responded and were able to quickly determine the call was fake and no students were in danger. At this time, it appears the call was a “swatting” type call and the department is actively investigating the source.”

Statement from Bourne Superintendent of Schools: “Bourne Middle School received an external, threatening telephone call from an individual allegedly stating that they were in the school and had a gun. BMS Administration followed protocols and immediately placed the school in lock-down while also contacting Bourne Police through 911. Bourne Police arrived and swept the school. The threat was determined not credible and the lock-down was lifted. The school was in lock-down for approximately 30 minutes. A Bourne Police Officer will remain at the school for the remainder of the school day and the Bourne Police are actively investigating the matter. Respectfully, Steven Lamarche” 

The incident comes a day after vandalism in a school bathroom which included a threat to the school was determined to not be credible.

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