Mohawk and Hawlemont Regional School District reopens with increased security

Mohawk Trail Regional school back open on Thursday

SHELBURN FALLS, Mass. (WWLP) – Everything seemed to be back to normal at Mohawk Regional High School in Shelburne Falls Thursday, until students reached the school’s entrance.

That’s where students were met by a state trooper, a security measure put in place after a threat led to a district-wide shut down on Wednesday.

The state police received an anonymous letter on Tuesday, indicating there would be some sort of attack at the high school. The threat wasn’t specific, but the superintendent still decided to close all of the schools in the district just to be on the safe side.

Michael Buoniconti, the superintendent of the Mohawk and Hawlemont Regional School District, described for 22News the steps they took to keep students safe. “We felt like we needed to have a 24-hour period to make sure the schools were safe. We coordinated with the state police and local police and had them search all of the buildings, looking for potential threats,” he said.

Police eventually determined the threat wasn’t credible, giving the Superintendent the go ahead to reopen schools Thursday, with the help of police watching nearby.

Mohawk Regional High School graduate Justin Davila told 22News the additional safety precaution is probably for the best. “Stay with precautions like this, having a cop here or whatever, but, every precaution is necessary when it comes to threats,” he said.

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