Message on calculator causes concern at PVPA

Message made reference to 1999 Columbine shooting

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – South Hadley police and firefighters maintained a presence at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School Tuesday, following the discovery of a threatening message typed into a calculator.

Head of School Scott Goldman sent an e-mail to parents Monday night, saying that in the late afternoon, a staff member had discovered a message typed into a graphing calculator referencing the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. No names were referenced in the message. Police were notified, and Goldman told 22News that the police chief and fire chief visited the school to investigate.

Goldman says that it is believed that the message had been typed into the calculator at some time between April 20 (the anniversary of the shooting) and May 5.

He said that nothing of concern has been discovered, but there was a police and fire presence at the school Tuesday to ensure safety.

The school day continued as normal for the school’s 400 students in grades 7-12.

South Hadley Police Chief Steve Parentela told 22News that his detectives and the fire chief are still investigating this message. They are not allowed to say where the calculator currently is, or how long they’ll be keeping a police presence at the school this week.

There are no suspects so far.