Threatening message led to early dismissal at Lenox school

Threat is believed to have been made by student, superintendent says

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LENOX, Mass. (WWLP) – The more than 400 students at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School were sent home early Thursday, because of a violent threat left in an answering machine message. Lenox Public Schools Superintendent Timothy Lee told 22News that he couldn’t give too many specifics about the threat because they are still looking into it, but he said that it was made against groups of people at the school.

Lee said that the phone message was discovered around 8:00, and after that, police and school administration discussed what to do. A “safe area” was set up in the school’s auditorium, where students waited to be picked up by parents or their assigned buses. The superintendent said that the process of busing students home took a while, because the threat was discovered around the same time buses were finishing their routes for elementary school students.

Lee said that no specific people were mentioned by name in the threatening message. He said it is believed at this point that the threat was made by a student at the school.

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