Juvenile arrested in connection with Mahar Regional High School threat

Franklin County

ORANGE, Mass. (WWLP) – Orange police have arrested one juvenile as a result of their investigation into a threat that led to the temporarily lockdown of schools in town.

According to Orange police, all schools in town were in a shelter in place status earlier Friday morning due to a non-specific threat that was received.

At 8:57 a.m., elementary schools in Orange resumed their normal daily routine, with added police officers at the schools as a precaution. Maher Regional High School was the only school that remained in a shelter in place status until 10:25 a.m.

Orange Superintendent Tari Thomas posted on Facebook that they are confident there was no danger. Orange police said the incident is still being investigated, but they believe there was never an actual intended threat.

Orange police said they were investigating the potential threat with the help of Massachusetts State Police and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. The agencies investigated the incident with “extra caution due to recent events nationwide.”

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