Two people charged in connection to bomb scare at Scituate High School

Police responded to Scituate High School and Middle School after a suspicious package was delivered. (Photo: Steve Nielsen | WPRI 12)

Clarification: The original post of this story cited court records, which denote Ryan Hunt was charged with possession of firearms on school grounds in December 2016. However, in a letter to parents, Scituate School Superintendent Lawrence P. Filippelli clarified that the weapon in question was a pocket knife, not a gun and that it was not used in any kind of assault. Filippelli said due to the writing of the state statute, the charges listed on the RI Judiciary’s website look as though the student was in possession of a firearm. The superintendent said this was not the case.

SCITUATE, R.I. (WPRI) – Scituate police have charged two people in connection with an incident at the town’s high school last week.

Friday, police announced that they arrested 18-year-old Ryan Hunt of Scituate and charged him with larceny under $1500 and conspiracy. He was arraigned at Kent County District Court in Warwick, pleaded not guilty, and posted bail.

Police also arrested 55-year-old Kathleen Hunt, who was charged with conspiracy “for her involvement in the suspicious package” and released pending a district court appearance on May 17.

Chief Donald Delaere did not elaborate on the reason for the charges Friday.

On April 13th, police responded to the high school after a package arrived addressed to the vice principal. Police said at the time that because he wasn’t expecting any packages and didn’t recognize the return address, he alerted the school resource officer.

Police evacuated the building and the state bomb squad detonated the package, which turned out to contain a nameplate for an office desk.

According to court records, Ryan Hunt was accused of bringing a weapon to school last December.