Today, Archbishop Williams High School responded to a false rumor on social media about a possible threat to safety at our school.
We worked with our partners at the Braintree Police Department and have been assured that there was no credible threat and that the rumors on social media were just that, unsubstantiated rumors. This morning, Braintree Police Department issued a statement via Twitter, "There is no threat at @AWHSBishops A rumor brought on by social media has been investigated by us and deemed false."
During the day, we initiated a shelter-in-place protocol as part of our standard safety procedures and we quickly lifted it returning the students to normal classroom instruction.
After lunch, we conducted a school-wide assembly to reassure the student body that there was no viable threat and to discuss with them how to respond and address rumors on social media. School Resource Officer Lisa Fahey from the Braintree Police Department also addressed the students.
Both Officer Fahey and myself stressed the importance of reporting rumors to appropriate authorities, and also to be very careful not to contribute to the spread of such rumors because if false, the effects of the rumor can cause real damage to individuals involved. We also discussed how we as an AWHS School community can further come together and support each other.
It was a very productive assembly in which the students showed direct leadership speaking up on how we all can practice our Catholic values on social media. We also would like to thank the students who provided leadership by reporting their concerns to a member of the AWHS staff.
Furthermore, we would like to thank everyone in the community for their support as we took the appropriate steps to guarantee the safety of our faculty, staff, and most importantly, our students.
Archbishop Williams looks forward to resuming normal class activity tomorrow, Thursday, October 6th.
Michael R. Volonnino, Ph.D., Principal