Shooting threat suspect to undergo mental health evaluation

Nicholas Schauer being sent to Bridgewater State Hospital

Deerfield Police booking photo of Nicholas R. Schauer, who is accused of making a threat to Frontier Regional H.S.

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.

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.”

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