Superintendent: Reported gun threat at Durfee High unfounded

Andy Paskowski | WPRI-TV
Andy Paskowski | WPRI-TV

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Classes are in session Tuesday at B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River as city police investigate a reported threat of a shooting.

According to Superintendent Matthew Malone, Ph.D., the alleged threat was discussed in a group text Monday night. Upon learning of the discussion, school personnel contacted police and the superintendent.

Officials assessed the validity of the threat and found it did not rise to the level requiring closure of the school.

Police conducted a sweep of the building out of an abundance of caution and found nothing out of the ordinary, Dr. Malone said, and there’s an increased police presence at the school on Tuesday.

The school also sent out a message alerting parents and faculty to ensure them that safety measures were put in place.

Investigators are now working to identify the person responsible for the alleged threat.