Portsmouth High student suspended after making gun threat

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PORTSMOUTH — A Portsmouth High School student who was overheard on a school bus talking about bringing a gun to school has been suspended, according to PHS Principal Robert Littlefield.

Portsmouth-High-School-350x232The principal said the report turned out to be unfounded.

“There was no firearm, nor was there going to be one,” Mr. Littlefield stated in an e-mail sent out to parents shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday.

Here’s the entire statement made by Mr. Littlefield regarding today’s incident:

“In keeping with my practice of being open about events at our school, I would like to inform the community of an incident that happened today.

“This morning we received word that a student riding to school on a bus was overheard making references to obtaining a firearm and bringing it to school.

“Once this was brought to our attention we immediately notified the Portsmouth Police Department and asked for their assistance in investigating the matter.

“I am relieved to report that the report was unfounded. There was no firearm, nor was there going to be one.

“Thanks go out to the Portsmouth Police Department for their valued cooperation.

“The student who made the remarks, false but still threatening, has been suspended.

“I want to commend the students who came forward. Their concern and courage to speak up are admirable. Also admirable is the relationship between staff members and students that was characterized by trust and made students feel comfortable in reporting what they heard.

“We certainly want to take every precaution to keep our schools safe — locked doors, security cameras, etc. However, we must always be mindful to maintain an atmosphere of trust, respect, and accessibility that supports this kind of student and staff communication.

“As always, if you wish to ask questions or offer comments please feel free to reply to this email.”

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