Police in Kingston and North Hampton continue to investigate separate incidents involving gun-related school threats that have shaken their school communities.
In North Hampton, police launched an investigation after parents and officials from the North Hampton School reported that an 11-year-old student had allegedly threatened to shoot another student of the same age with a shotgun on school grounds.
The incident allegedly happened around 3 p.m. on Sept. 26 and may have been witnessed by other students, according to North Hampton Police Chief Brian Page.
The information came from third parties, but Page said he believes it was a credible threat.
“There’s no question in my mind that it was a real threat,” Page said. “Obviously it’s something the school and I had to get together on with a coordinated response to keep the building safe. No matter what the age is, the school and I have to take it extremely seriously.”
The alleged threat remains under investigation and more interviews will need to be done before police decide how to proceed, Page said.
Meanwhile, State Police and Kingston police on Tuesday continued their investigation into an incident at Sanborn Regional High School in which a former student was arrested and charged with criminal threatening.
Timothy M. Soucy, 18, of Danville, was arrested after the school was forced into a lockdown just after noon on Monday.
Police responded to the high school after receiving a report that a man, later identified as Soucy, had allegedly flashed a gun and threatened other individuals in the parking lot.
“My understanding is that a student getting off of a bus reported after lunch that he had seen a gun in someone’s car in front of the school,” Superintendent Brian Blake said.
Police are still investigating to determine whether Soucy had a gun as reported.
The school went into lockdown for about an hour as police sealed off the property and searched for Soucy, who was later found at his Danville residence.
Blake said he was pleased with the way the administration, students, and faculty handled the situation.
“Everyone did exactly what they were supposed to do in the situation. The police response was outstanding,” Blake said.
The first police cruiser arrived within 40 seconds of the call being placed, Blake said.
“They were thorough in their investigation and worked closely with the administration to ensure everyone’s safety. While there were some tense moments, everyone involved handled the situation appropriately and in a professional manner,” he said.
Blake also commended students for the way they behaved during the incident.