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Northampton police may use student statements in high school threat investigation

NORTHAMPTON – Police are hoping that a statement signed by Northampton High School students to take threats seriously will give them a new lead in their investigation into a Dec. 19 incident that emptied the school shortly after the Newtown shootings.

A threatening note was found in one of the high school bathrooms that day, five days after a gunman killed 20 students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Police and school officials evacuated the building shortly before the normal high school dismissal time.

On Dec. 21, students at the high school were asked to write a statement in reference to the threat acknowledging that they take such matter seriously and share the concern of police and school administrators about safety. The statement has been described as a joint effort by police, the high school administration and the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.

Police say they will use the statements to aid in their investigation of the threat, perhaps matching the handwriting with that of one of the students. Police Chief Russell P. Sienkiewicz said District Attorney David E. Sullivan has confirmed that the method is valid and legal.

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  1. Bad Brad

    January 12th, 2013

    Before the end of Obamas second term it will be perfectly acceptable to Water Board U.S. citizens. Only if they are white though. Who knows what life will be like after his third term.

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  2. serfer62

    January 12th, 2013

    “…may…”?

    Isn’tthat what cops are suppose to do?

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  3. bitterclinger

    January 12th, 2013

    I’ve taken graphology courses for the hell of it, and the crux of it is that we write with our brains, not our hands. Still, i’d be scared silly of being accused of something like this based on a comparison from a bathroom stall!

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  4. old_oaks

    January 12th, 2013

    NONE of these students has a clue as to who John Moses Browning is, much less his significant contributions toward modern society.

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  5. Edith McCrotch

    January 12th, 2013

    Are ALL the students forced to write a statement and if they refuse what then?

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