Due to the Fear of a School Shooting, Portsmouth, New Hampshire Schools Were Closed on Thursday

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Due to the Fear of a School Shooting, Portsmouth, New Hampshire Schools Were Closed on Thursday

Following the discovery of a threat against a school on social media, officials in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, have decided to close the schools on Th

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Following the discovery of a threat against a school on social media, officials in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, have decided to close the schools on Thursday.

School chief Zach McLaughlin said on Facebook that Portsmouth police had discovered a video of a threat to shoot up the school. Police are following up on leads, according to McLaughlin, and classes will be canceled “out of an abundance of caution” until the problem is rectified.

“As the situation develops, I will be sure to provide you with updates as I am able,” said McLaughlin. “Finally, I just want to acknowledge the emotions of a moment like this. It can be laced with fear, anger, and sadness. Amid this challenging time, we appreciate your support as we do our best to keep our students and staff safe.”

Portsmouth Mayor Deaglan McEachern threw his support behind the closure.

“As a father I want to thank Superintendent McLaughlin for making the decision to prioritize safety and for the acknowledgment of the emotions at a time like this,” McEachern wrote on Facebook.