by Tali Falk-Judson and Samantha Fredberg
A threatening phone call was received at 8 a.m today in the main office at North. According to emails sent out by vice principal Amy Winston, the Newton Police Department and school officials worked to ensure student and staff safety.
“We followed all of our procedures. We followed protocol,” said interim principal Mark Aronson.
As the police inspection of the building was carried out, teachers were instructed to keep students in their classrooms while doors remained unlocked. This is the third threat the school has taken action on this year.
“We’ve become a little more experienced. We’ve been able to do what we need to do a little more efficiently, and we’re able to assess the threat better than we were. Not all the calls have been the same, the content has been a little different every time,” Aronson said.
According to Winston, police left after no sign of a threat was found, and students returned to a normal schedule.
Students express concern and shock about the threats. “It’s unfortunate. Newton is supposed to be one of the safest towns, yet we always get these bomb threats, it’s just upsetting,” said freshman Alison Wong.