Bomb Threat Shuts Down Belmont High, Second Time This Year


Belmont High School has been shut down this morning, Oct. 31, for the second time in five months due to a bomb threat.

Belmont Police Chief James MacIsaac and Fire Chief David DeStefano report that both departments responded to the school around 10:25 a.m., when the high school’s School Resource Officer was notified of a threatening message left on the school’s voicemail.

According to a press release, Belmont Police and Fire arrived at the Concord Avenue location to support a precautionary evacuation of the building. A preliminary investigation indicates that the threat was left on a school voicemail last Friday, Oct. 28, and was discovered this morning.

The Belmont Public Schools have canceled classes at the high school for the remainder of the day out of an abundance of caution.

Belmont Police and school staff are conducting checks of the building, though police do not believe there is a credible threat.

The incident remains under investigation.

This marks the second time the school has been shut down due to a bomb threat. On May 11, 2022, the school received a phone call before the school day began that a bomb was located in the building. None was found. The next day, a 39-year-old New Hampshire man was arrested for allegedly making the threat.

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