Wareham High School student arrested, charged with making shooting threat

Mar 6, 2018

A Wareham High School student was arrested Monday afternoon after police said he threatened to “shoot up the school.”

Wareham Police said the student will not be identified and was charged with “bombs/weapons threat” and disturbing a school assembly.

Police noted the threat was a verbal one made to teachers. The matter was immediately addressed by school officials and School Resource Officer Karl Baptiste, who placed the juvenile under arrest without incident.

Police said the student was not armed at the time the statement was made.

Police Chief Kevin Walsh said the department does not treat weapons threats lightly.

“While placing a juvenile under arrest is not a preferred action in many cases, statements made as threats toward the safety of students and school staff will be addressed with all seriousness and will not be tolerated,” he said.