Saturday, September 26, 2009
CCHS security loosened after student arrest
Following the Friday arrest of a Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) student in connection with threatening messages that caused a high-level security alert on campus, Principal Peter Badalament announced that security measures will be loosened next week.
According to a press release from the Concord Police Department, 18-year-old Gregory W. Collinson, of Concord, was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of “a threat involving a deadly device that disrupts a school” and two counts of “disturbing a school assembly.” The first charge is classified as a felony, while the second charge is a misdemeanor. Collinson is being held without bail and will be brought to Concord District Court on Monday for arraignment. The police are continuing their investigation and plan to distribute another press release on Monday.
The threatening messages were found written on a wall in a boys bathroom on both Tuesday and Thursday. After the second threat, Badalament told parents and students that security at CCHS would be tightened on Friday. Roughly half the students stayed home. Those who did attend classes were not allowed to bring backpacks and were required to pass through metal detectors when they arrived. Numerous police monitored the building throughout the day.
Collinson was arrested shortly after 6 p.m. and Badalament then announced via email that the school will follow “regular protocols” on Tuesday. CCHS will be closed on Monday for Yom Kippur.
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