AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Students at the Amherst Regional High School were dismissed due to several fires that were set in bathrooms on Thursday morning.
According to a letter sent to parents at around noon from the superintendent’s office at the high school located on 21 Mattoon Street, students were dismissed between 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. depending on the bus routes. Students may be picked up after 1 p.m. and all sporting events are canceled for the day.
The small separate fires set in the bathrooms were contained quickly. The dismissal was ordered by the Amherst police and fire departments to conduct the investigation.
Seniors Jacob and Tyler said this started at the end of first period. The fire alarm went off and they were evacuated. At that time they thought it was a drill, they waited a half hour outside and then when they went back inside, it went off a second time.
“It feels weird having something like this happen and go back to school the next day,” said Tyler Feeney.
“Like you don’t expect it. Definitely didn’t expect it this morning,” said Jacob Laney.
Jacob and Tyler said they got a lot of their information about what was happening through social media and they have questions, like why someone would do this or even if they are going back to school Friday.
No injuries are reported at this time. The school department did not say if they know who started the fire or if it was started by a student but did say they would be providing updates.