Security heightened after threat found at Holyoke High north campus | News


HOLYOKE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) — Security is heightened at Holyoke High School after a written threat was found in a bathroom and now, parents are on high alert, with some choosing to keep their children home from school on Wednesday.

School officials told us there was extra police presence at the school today and they will be back again tomorrow. We have also learned from the Holyoke Police Department the threat was found inside a girl’s bathroom.

Emotions are high among Holyoke High School families.

“Not only her, but myself. We were a bit freaked out about the whole thing,” said Vanessa Tirado.

On Tuesday, families were alerted by email that graffiti had been discovered in a bathroom at the high school that read ‘school shooting 10/14/2021’.

Western Mass News obtained a copy of that email. School officials said, in-part:

Holyoke High sign file

(Western Mass News file photo)

“Out of an abundance of caution and for the reassurance of students, staff and families, we will have additional police presence at Holyoke High School north campus Wednesday and Thursday.”

Tirado added, “There’s so many shootings happening at other schools around the United States…It’s crazy to actually hear about it from home, where you have your kids. It’s very unsettling and scary.”

Parents are concerned for the safety of their children. Just last week, students protested after sexual assault allegations came to light.

“Now something else, what’s going to be next?” Tirado noted.

Tirado, a Holyoke parent, chose to keep her daughter home on Wednesday in fear of what could happen.

“I rather keep her home for my own sake and reassurance and especially for her safety,” Tirado said.

Her daughter told Western Mass News that anxiety has been high among many of her classmates.

“These past couple of weeks in school have been rough,” said Jinessa Soto.

The Holyoke Police Department said they do not take these types of threats lightly and an investigation is underway.

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“I don’t know,” Soto said.

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