Palmer Public Schools closed Thursday due to threat

Classes are expected to resume Friday.

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PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) – Palmer police are trying to figure out who is responsible for putting a threatening message on a school sign Wednesday night.

The graffiti read “Shooting 12/1.” All Palmer Public Schools were closed Thursday to allow police to investigate.

“90 or 99 percent of the time, there’s nothing going on, but they still have to shut down the schools and go from there,” said Karl Williams, Town Councilor in Palmer.

Palmer police received a call reporting the graffiti around 8:30 Wednesday night. The graffiti was cleaned off the sign.The sign is at the entrance of Palmer High School and Old Mill Pond Elementary School.

The threatening message has been removed.
The threatening message has been removed.

The threatening message has parents and residents in Palmer concerned, but they weren’t all that surprised that this happened in their community.

“It happens so often you pick up the paper and you read about it every single day,” said Ralph Fredette of Palmer. “You kind of get numb to it.”

“You just have to be careful what you say to kids and hope for the best and hope they handle this situation properly,” said Heather Tourville of Palmer.

In a statement sent to 22News, Palmer’s Superintendent said they will offer a $500 dollar reward to anyone who helps police identify those responsible. They do not believe anyone is in any danger.

The schools are expected to be back open Friday.

Anyone with any information about the threat is asked to called Palmer Police at 413-283-5819.

Palmer Public Schools Statement:

Last night during a wonderful Athletic Award Ceremony celebrating girls and boys varsity/JV soccer, field hockey, and golf, an individual or individuals spray-painted graffiti-type threatening messages on the sign at the entrance to Palmer High School and Old Mill Pond.

While we have no reason to believe that a threat is or was imminent, the Palmer Schools and the Palmer Police Department decided that cancelling school tomorrow gives us the opportunity for the Police Department to investigate this matter. We fully expect to be in school at the regular time Friday.

Palmer Public Schools will not condone this type of behavior. We are offering a $500 reward to anyone providing information leading to the identity of the individual or individuals who are responsible for this threat. We intend to prosecute to the full extent of the law. Please contact Palmer Police Department with any information.

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