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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 05:58 PM

Backpacks banned at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School; district police presence bolstered

Backpacks banned at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School; district police presence bolstered
School officials cite incidents related to the Newtown, Conn. shooting and Mayan apocalypse predictions


DIGHTON (MA)
The Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District increased police presence at its schools and didn't allow backpacks into the high school on Friday after rumors and incidents related to the Newtown shooting and Mayan apocalypse predictions.

The school district sent out a message on Thursday through its website, alerting the community about its actions responding to potential threats.

"As is with many districts across Massachusetts and across the country, there have been many rumors based on last week's event in Connecticut and the Mayan 'predictions,'" the statement from the school district said.

"Please be assured that the local officials and the school district have followed up on every rumor and every incident that has come to us. We are working proactively for the safety of all of our students and staff."

The statement didn't give a reason why backpacks were banned only at the high school for Friday.


Read more: http://www.tauntongazette.com/news/x719509696/Backpacks-banned-at-Dighton-Rehoboth-Regional-School-District-police-presence-bolstered#ixzz2FjKBax55

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