BHS Opening Day All-School Meeting Ended after Interruption

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Editor’s Note: A late-afternoon robocall from the Bedford Police cautioned that there is apt to be heavy traffic around town on Thursday, September 16, and Friday, September 17, particularly in the area near the high school as school buses, parents, and students arrive for the first day of in-person classes for Cohorts A and B. Principal Heather Galante emailed families and caregivers on Wednesday evening to let them know that Bedford Police and Fire departments cleared the building after the apparent threats that halted Wednesday’s all-school meeting. Nonetheless, protocol dictates an increased police presence at Bedford High School tomorrow. Galante also noted, and appreciated, the hundreds of supportive emails the administration received after the incident.

A virtual all-school meeting on Bedford High School’s opening day was interrupted by obscene language and a possible bomb threat made by one or more participants using the meeting’s ‘chat’ function.  Wednesday’s interruption is akin to unwanted, disruptive intrusions, generally by Internet trolls and hackers, into a video conference call.

The meeting ended quickly after students and school officials noticed offensive language and an apparent mention of a bomb in the chat.

In an email to students, Bedford High Principal Heather Galante and Assistant Principals Daniel Hudder and Thomas Casey wrote that the school administration is “disgusted by the behavior and embarrassed by some of the students’ poor decisions.”

Since the user issued an apparent threat to the High School, the Bedford police department was notified.

In a follow-up email to parents, Galante noted, “The chat was supposed to be disabled and was not, and some students posted highly offensive and threatening content.”

Neither a spokesperson for Bedford Public Schools nor the Bedford Police Department was available for comment due to an on-going investigation.

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