Amherst PD investigating threatening note found at high school

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) –  Police officers will be at the Amherst Regional High School Thursday in response to a threatening note that was found on Wednesday.

Principal Mark Jackson sent an email out to parents Wednesday after being given a note that was found inside the school. He said that on one side of the note, there was instruction to deliver the note to him, while the other side referenced the intent of the author to bring a weapon into the school.

The author of the note signed with the name of Carolyn Gardner, an African American math teacher that has been the target of several racial attacks within her first year of teaching at the school.

In October, racist graffiti was left in a bathroom and on Gardner’s classroom door. On March 24, a racial slur intended for Gardner was left in a girls’ bathroom.

She missed a couple weeks of school fearing for her safety before coming back to an anti-racist vigil and rallies within the community.

Principal Mark Jackson says an individual was found responsible for one of those incidents and punished, but that person has not been identified by officials.

The Amherst Police Department was notified of the most recent threat made in the note and will be present at the school Thursday, as they try to determine the note’s author.

In the recent email from Principal Jackson, he said that after consulting with police, there is nothing to suggest that school should not open on time as scheduled, and reminded parents that it is already scheduled to be a late arrival day on Thursday.  The school has a scheduled late day every month and starts at 10 a.m.

Amherst Police confirmed the email sent by Principal Mark Jackson to parents Wednesday in regards to the note.

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