Dear ConVal Community,
I am writing to inform you of an incident at Peterborough Elementary School, where an apparent hoax phone call made a non-credible threat against school safety. Similar hoaxes have been carried out against other districts in New Hampshire today, and we have coordinated with the New Hampshire Department of Education in response to this incident.
At 11 a.m. today Peterborough Police responded to Peterborough Elementary School after receiving a call claiming shots had been fired at the school.
Students were not present at the time, since vacation week remains ongoing. The threat was thoroughly investigated and deemed to be an instance of “swatting,” similar to those that have occurred at schools throughout New England in recent weeks.
Peterborough Police, out of an abundance of caution, conducted a building search and perimeter check, confirming there were no unauthorized individuals on or near school property, nor any threat to the school.
The incident remains under active investigation by the Peterborough Police Department. Please see this press release from the Department of Safety.
I know news like this can be concerning, and even though it was a hoax, it’s a matter we take with the utmost seriousness. Thankfully, we have no reason to believe that there is any danger to students or staff stemming from this incident.
If any parent or guardian has any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Kimberly Rizzo Saunders