Bomb Threat Procedures

The bomb threat procedures for the Leicester Public Schools were developed in accordance with Massachusetts Bomb Threat Response Guidance and may be modified if the State Fire Marshal updates this guidance document.
If a bomb threat is received by telephone in the school, the receiver is to record the time as well as as much information about the call as he/she can. The following questions are recommended to be asked:

● When is the bomb going to explode?
● Where is it right now?
● What does it look like?
● What kind of bomb is it?
● What will cause it to explode?
● Did you place the bomb?
● Why?
● What is your address?
● What is your name?
If the threat is received by other means (i.e. letter or any other written form) the threat is to be left untouched and preserved as evidence. Receiver of threat is to notify building principal or designee immediately.

The principal, perhaps in collaboration with the school’s crisis team, shall assess the level of threat based upon the Massachusetts Bomb Threat Response Guidance.

Low Risk

● The probably motive is to cause disruption.
● The threat is vague and indirect.
● Information in the threat is inconsistent, implausible, or lacks detail.
● The caller is definitely known and has called numerous times.
● The threat was discovered instead of delivered (e.g., a threat written on a wall).

Medium Risk

● The threat is direct and feasible.
● Wording in the threat suggests that the perpetrator has given some thought to how the act will be carried out.
● Threat may include indications of a possible place and time.
● No strong indication that the perpetrator has taken preparatory steps, although there may be some indirect reference pointing to that possibility.
● Indication that the perpetrator has details regarding the availability of components needed to construct a bomb.
● Increased specificity to the threat (e.g. “I’m serious!” or “I really mean this!”

High Risk
● A high risk threat is specific and realistic and appears to pose an immediate and serious danger.
● The threat is direct, specific, and realistic and may include names of possible victims, specific time, or location of the device.
● The perpetrator provides his/her identity.
● Threat suggests concrete steps have been taken toward carrying out the threat.
● Perpetrator makes statements indicating they have practiced with a weapon or have had the intended victim(s) under
surveillance.

The principal decides whether or not an evacuation is necessary. The building principal will:
● Notify the local police/fire department, EMS, and superintendent.
● DO NOT PULL THE FIRE ALARM.
● Follow evacuation protocol.

Once the police arrive, the principal yields authority to the highest ranking officer in attendance. The senior fire official will determine what type of fire department response is necessary. The decision for the next action step (including a search) will be made by the police/fire officials at the site.

Once an evacuation has taken place, the decision to re-enter must be made by the building principal (or designee), in collaboration with the superintendent and the police/fire officials.


Adopted: Prior to 2013
Revised: April 12, 2016