Mohawk & Hawlemont School Districts canceled Wednesday’s classes due to “unspecified” threat

Police plan to question 2 people in their mid to late 60’s

SHELBURNE FALLS, Mass. (WWLP) – School has been canceled Wednesday for both the Mohawk and Hawlemont School Districts, after a letter was sent to police indicating a possible, yet unspecified threat to Mohawk Regional.

Michael Buoniconti, the Superintendent of Schools for the Mohawk Trail Regional School District and the Hawlemont Regional School District, informed parents Tuesday night that “an anonymous letter was delivered to area law enforcement reporting on a potential threat to Mohawk Regional School.  The letter named two specific persons and indicated a potential attack on Mohawk before the end of the school year,” Buoniconti said in his letter.

A representative of the Shelburne Police Department confirmed to 22News that there was an investigation underway.

In a separate letter to the districts’ communities, Buoniconti said, “The individuals named in the letter as suspects are a male and female, white, mid to late 60’s, residents of the Town of Heath. Law Enforcement has indicated they are contacting these persons for questioning.”

Buoniconti told parents that police would be present on Mohawk’s campus until the end of the school year, which included the 8th grade graduation Tuesday night.

Schools will re-open on Thursday depending on the investigation by police. Buoniconti said, if the schools open Thursday, then Wednesday will be treated like a snow day, and the last day of school for students will be Friday, and the last day for staff will be Monday.

In a letter sent out Wednesday, Buoniconti said state police were going to search the high school, and local police will search through the elementary schools with the help of state police if needed. Police will coordinate a presence at all schools in the district over the last two days of school.

Meanwhile, the Superintendent is asking the Mohawk and Hawlemont school communities to be extra vigilant over the next few days, and to report any unusual activity to the administration.


Below are the letters the Superintendent sent to the parents:

Dear Mohawk and Hawlemont School Community:

Please be informed that an anonymous letter was delivered to area law enforcement today reporting a potential threat to Mohawk Regional School.  The letter named two specific persons and indicated a potential attack on Mohawk before the end of the school year.

As a precaution, I requested that law enforcement be present on Mohawk’s campus until the end of the school year, including tonight’s 8th grade graduation.  It is my understanding that law enforcement is questioning the persons named in the anonymous letter as well.

Although the threat specifically cited Mohawk Regional School, I encourage the entire Mohawk and Hawlemont school communities to be extra vigilant over the next two days.  If you see anything unusual, please report the information immediately to administration.

Sincerely,

Michael A. Buoniconti
Superintendent of Schools
Mohawk Trail Regional School District
Hawlemont Regional School District

Dear Mohawk and Hawlemont School Communities:

Based on the understandable concern surrounding the anonymous threat prompting my safety alert, school is cancelled tomorrow for both the Mohawk and Hawlemont school districts.

Tomorrow, I will follow-up with you regarding updates from law enforcement.  School will be re-opened based on law enforcement’s assessment of the situation.

If school resumes on Thursday, tomorrow will be treated the same as a snow day.  The school schedule will move forward one day.  The last day for students will be Friday, and the last day for staff will be Monday.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Michael A. Buoniconti
Superintendent of Schools
Mohawk Trail Regional School District
Hawlemont Regional School District

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