GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The young man accused of threatening a re-enactment of Columbine at a Franklin county high school will undergo a mental health examination at a state hospital. Nicholas R. Schauer, 19, of Sunderland, was ordered held without bail Thursday during his arraignment in Greenfield District Court.
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Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek says that Schauer was arrested Thursday morning, about an hour after officials at the Frontier Regional School were alerted to a “credible” threat to the school. The threat allegedly named specific students as targets, and “included a re-enactment of Columbine,” the chief said.
Students at Frontier Regional, as well as the Deerfield and Sunderland Elementary Schools were ordered to shelter in place for a short time Thursday morning, due to the threat.
According to Mary Carey, spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, Schauer was ordered on Friday to undergo a 5-B mental health evaluation; an in-depth examination in a psychiatric hospital or facility. Schauer will be evaluated at Bridgewater State Hospital for his competency to stand trial and his criminal responsibility.
After the 20-day evaluation at the hospital, he will have a dangerousness hearing in Greenfield District Court.
“The possibility exists that, upon his return, the court may order further evaluation,” Carey wrote, “which can then lead to a lengthy hospitalization.”