New England Schools Face Rash of Bomb Threats

BOSTON (AP) -

School and law- enforcement officials in New England say they are dealing with an unusually high number of bomb threats that have forced the cancellation of classes just weeks into the new academic year.

Nearly a dozen schools and colleges in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut have received the threats, forcing evacuations and cancellations in many of the schools this past week.

Local school and law-enforcement officials say they aren’t sure if they’re dealing with a coordinated effort or a number of copycats. But the sheer number of threats in such a short amount of time is concerning, they say.

“Something unusual is taking place here,” said Thomas Scott, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents. “To have it at the very beginning of the school year and to have this many is an anomaly.”

He said school districts tend to see bomb threats throughout the school year, including around exam time in June.