The following is the content of a letter sent home on Friday, February 3, 2017.
Hello HMS Parents,
The purpose of this message is to let you know of an incident that occurred yesterday during the afternoon bus run.
On February 2, 2017, at approximately 3:45 PM, the Hooksett Police Department responded to the Fred C. Underhill School for a report of a gun being pointed in the direction of a school bus by one of three high school aged juveniles. The report initially came from Bus 8 students and their driver. The Underhill School was placed in lockdown and the HMS students on busses remained locked down on the bus as Hooksett Police responded. The HPD was on school grounds within one to two minutes. The officers quickly located three juveniles and a black replica firearm was recovered.
From yesterday’s Hooksett Police Department Press Release: “This situation is clearly very serious but we are thankful to the school staff for acting quickly so no students were ever in any danger” Chief Peter Bartlett said. “Hooksett officers did a fantastic job locating these individuals and determining very quickly the pistol was not a real gun” said Chief Bartlett. “I have been in touch with Hooksett School Superintendent Dr. Littlefield and we are working together to make certain parents are informed correctly regarding this incident” Chief Bartlett said. The names of those involved will not be released due to their age.
We thank the Hooksett Police Department for their swift response. We are reviewing our response to this incident on what went well and what changes could be made. Both the Hooksett Memorial School and the Hooksett Police Department encourage parents to talk to their children regarding this incident and to contact school administrators and/or Hooksett Police with any questions.
Stephen Harrises, Principal
Annie Kelly, Assistant Principal