A bomb threat recently written in a restroom at Melrose High School triggered school and emergency officials to investigate the incident Thursday afternoon, according to a press statement issued by Superintendent Cyndy Taymore's office.
"It was brought to the attention of school officials at approximately 12:40 p.m. (Wednesday) that a message was written in the male restroom on the third floor of Melrose High School indicating a bomb threat with tomorrow’s date – 12/6/12," reads the statement. "School officials contacted the Melrose Police Department, along with the Melrose Fire Dept. After a brief phone consultation with the Police Chief, it was recommended to contact NEMLEC. NEMLEC was contacted and STARS - School Threat Assessment Response Team was activated.
"Following a thorough search of the middle school and high school buildings by public safety and NEMLEC officials, it was deemed safe for students and staff to return to class on Thursday, December 6th. At no time was there a threat to students and staff at the high school or middle school."
There will be a police presence at the middle school and high school buildings on Thursday, reads the statement.
"Students were instructed that no backpacks would be allowed and entrance into the building will be restricted to the main entrance of each building only," adds the statement.
The school and police are conducting an investigation to identify the responsible parties, according to the statement.
"(Parents) should know that we take all threats seriously and the focus of school officials and the police department are the safety of students and staff," reads the statement. "We wish to thank all students, staff and parents for their cooperation in allowing the school and public safety officials to do their job and keep our students safe."