Student disciplined after bomb threat at Mount Everett Regional School

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SHEFFIELD — A student is facing disciplinary action following an investigation into a bomb threat Friday that lead to an evacuation of Mount Everett Regional School.

In a Wednesday email to the Southern Berkshire Regional School District, Superintendent Beth Regulbuto said the administration and Sheffield Police Department had questioned two students: the student allegedly responsible for the threat and a witness.

The student suspected of making the threat has been removed from the school pending "disciplinary action and an evaluation."

"As with all matters of student safety, we have taken this very seriously and have acted accordingly, utilizing both school system disciplinary resources and he juvenile justice system," Regulbuto said in her communication to the community.

About 600 students attend classes at the campus, which includes the public junior-senior high school and Undermountain Elementary School. Member towns of Southern Berkshire Regional School District are: Alford, Egremont, New Marlborough, Monterey and Sheffield.

Regulbuto said the Sheffield police are determining the appropriate charges to be filed against the suspect.

On Friday, the Mount Everett Regional School campus in Sheffield was evacuated following a bomb threat. The Sheffield Police and Fire departments as well as the state police responded and students were taken to the nearby, private Berkshire School in the morning.

This is the third time Sheffield police have investigated a potential threat to the Southern Berkshire Regional School District this year. The first was a social media post by a regional school teacher made right before the start of the school year, who decried a "hostile work environment" in the district. The second was in November when students' social media posts prompted a police investigation.

In both situations, no threat to the public was discovered, police and school administrators said.

Kristin Palpini can be reached at kpalpini@berkshireeagle.com, @kristinpalpini, 413-629-4621.

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