Extra police at Sippican School Thursday out of ‘abundance of caution’

Apr 27, 2022

MARION — Sippican School had extra police presence Thursday, April 28 “out of an abundance of caution’’ after a staff member received a threatening phone call Wednesday afternoon, Superintendent Michael S. Nelson and Marion Police Chief Richard B. Nighelli reported.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., after school had already ended for the day, a staff member at the school received a telephone call in which an individual made non-specific threats against the school, according to the statement.

School officials immediately contacted the Marion Police Department, the statement said, and an investigation was launched.

Marion Police responded to the school to provide an immediate police presence out of an abundance of caution, the statement said.

There were still some students in the school as part of the school's extended day program, the statement said, so families of those students were notified and the students were picked up by their parents while police were still on scene.

Marion police officers, with the assistance of Mattapoisett Police, also conducted a sweep of the building.

Marion Police do not believe there was any imminent threat to students or staff as a result of the call, but the release states that the district and police are treating the situation seriously, and an investigation is ongoing.

Police are aware that schools in other communities in the region also received similar phone calls, according to the statement. Dartmouth, Fairhaven and Fall River reported similar incidents, according to published reports.