Wareham High School student arrested, charged with making shooting threat

Mar 06, 2018

A Wareham High School student was arrested Monday afternoon after police said he threatened to “shoot up the school.”

Wareham Police said the student will not be identified and was charged with “bombs/weapons threat” and disturbing a school assembly.

Police noted the threat was a verbal one made to teachers. The matter was immediately addressed by school officials and School Resource Officer Karl Baptiste, who placed the juvenile under arrest without incident.

Police said the student was not armed at the time the statement was made.

Police Chief Kevin Walsh said the department does not treat weapons threats lightly.

“While placing a juvenile under arrest is not a preferred action in many cases, statements made as threats toward the safety of students and school staff will be addressed with all seriousness and will not be tolerated,” he said.

Comments (18)
Posted by: Spherebreaker | Mar 06, 2018 14:03

Hopefully he is permanently removed from the school and thrown in jail till he's about 85. Get rid of these dung heads

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 06, 2018 20:17

Another school threat!  Good grief!  Isn’t this the third or fourth school threat that we’ve had recently ?  Why is there always such an abundance of stupidity here?


This is exactly the kind of stuff that I’m talking about when I carry on about the idiot factor down here in the Gateway to Cape Cod.  If we had one school threat, I’d buy it when told “it happens everywhere “.  If we had two, I may still buy it.  But this is getting ridiculous and embarrassing.


Obviously these morons are not taking it seriously about how much trouble they will get in.  We need the modern day equivalent of the stocks for these morons.  We probably can’t put them in front of the school to be spit on and have garbage thrown at, but they can be made examples of. Color poasters of them with descriptions of their charges should be places throughout the school as constant reminder to the foolish potential copycats.



Posted by: Uptohere | Mar 07, 2018 08:51

Thankfully this kid was immediately arrested instead of just brushing his threat off. Good job officer Baptista!  Maybe he is an idiot or someone in need of help, its too early to judge. I hope he gets the hell he needs.

Posted by: Uptohere | Mar 07, 2018 08:53

sorry that should read ....help he needs.

Posted by: Brennan McKiernan | Mar 07, 2018 09:41

I understand the need to take every threat seriously,  but apparently the kids don't. Do I think that every kid that says something stupid actually means it,  of course not.  I'm willing to bet this kid probably got mad and ran off at the mouth. But, it's one of those things you just can't do.  It's like saying bomb on an airplane.

Considering how volatile the whole subject is,  with strong opinions and emotions on both sides,  would it be a bad idea to maybe have an assembly and explain in no uncertain terms that if you say it,  you will face swift and certain punishment.

On the other side of it,  how much attention do we have to pay,  every time a child says something they don't mean. For those seeking attention, even negative attention, there is no easier way,  especially if they know they only have to say the words. Don't get me wrong,  I think that the school handled it properly but before it gets to the media and gets splashed across social media,  can we assess how credible the threat is? We are doing no favors to our kids or our towns reputation if we treat every off hand comment made by a teenager,  like it is the Unibombers manifesto. So where is the line? Given the stakes are our children's safety,  where do we draw the line between common sense and the threat of unimaginable tragedy


Posted by: Buzz 123 | Mar 07, 2018 09:44

Omg another threat. What is going on with this generation?

Posted by: Linda | Mar 07, 2018 13:23

Buzz123 -  Look at the generation that raised this generation!  No, not all parents or kids.  They can mouth off to a teacher & walk away, get a detention & ignore it and parents stick up for them.  I worry about these kids, knowing the possibility is always there.  I honestly hope this kid mouthed off with no real intent, but even so - punishment is due, along with a life time of classmates pointing him/her out.


Posted by: bob | Mar 07, 2018 13:52

Your right LINDA,but the young man being a minor so he get a slap on the wrist...That the court system in the Commonwealth...

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 07, 2018 14:51



That may have been a Freudian Slip.


He does deserve hell.  The same kind of hell that has kept kids in line up until recently.  Things like "I'm going to catch hell when my parents see my report card"  or "that teacher gave me hell after acting up in her class".  Consider hell just a euphemism for a little discipline and punishment.  Two things that today's kids have never experienced.


This stupidity is due to the kinder softer ways of today's society.  Kids have no idea what it means to be accountable.  They have become accustomed to hiding behind the overly protective ways of the current times.  That has done a disservice to these kids and kids in general.


Take this dummy for example.  He's been doing and saying as he has pleased for 14, 15, 16 years with no repercussion.  Now he says something stupid and gets arrested, thrown out of school and ruins his life.  If he was being disciplined and punished right along, he would have known better.


Maybe a tap on the bum and some discipline deemed abusive by today's standards would have set a precedent years ago and these morons would know right from wrong by now...



Posted by: TOOTTOOT1 | Mar 07, 2018 15:01

I remember the whipping you would get with a piece of bamboo from the "principal of the school". You knew to keep your stupid MOUTH SHUT.

Be sides the principal your parents would lay into you.

Where did this all go?


Posted by: Archangel | Mar 07, 2018 17:15

Mandatory jail time should be looked at for anyone that threatens harm to a school or the student body. I like Brennan' idea about an assembly too. This is totally unacceptable.

Posted by: harrythebarber | Mar 07, 2018 22:58

Without the name or identity of the offender being released, why are many posters assuming the person arrested is a "he"?

Posted by: noseyrich | Mar 08, 2018 08:34

To BRENNAN MCKIERNAN, We draw the line  exactly WHERE the teacher and officer Baptiste did. PERIOD.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Mar 08, 2018 08:44

"A Wareham High School student was arrested Monday afternoon after police said he threatened to “shoot up the school.”

Posted by: barnstorm | Mar 08, 2018 08:49

Harry....Good point. However, I'll bet you an Amstel Light it was a he and he smokes weed!.

Posted by: harrythebarber | Mar 08, 2018 10:27

Touché, Sphere...wouldn't be the first time WW had to correct a story, though we may never know who the perp is...

Posted by: kevinc687 | Mar 09, 2018 09:58

The old “wait till your father gets home” used to scare the hell out of me. Today a lot of these kids don’t know who their father is.

Posted by: cranky pants | Mar 09, 2018 12:37

Well if attention is what they wanted... Attention they got.

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