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The police department is going to... have an extra presence indefinitely, until we feel we're back to normal.

Watertown police, schools trace gun threat

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Watertown police continue to work with the Watertown City School District to find out who threatened to bring a gun to school earlier this week.

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Julie Grant
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Watertown police continue to work with the Watertown City School District to find out who threatened to bring a gun to school earlier this week. About half the students stayed away from school Tuesday after the threat was posted on Facebook.  Police chief Joseph Goss says attendance was better yesterday; about a quarter didn’t show up for school. 

Goss says they wants parents and students to know it’s safe for children to go to school: "The police department is going to cooperate with the school district and have an extra presence indefinitely, until we feel we’re back to normal.  And I can’t say whether that will be Friday or even into next week. We’re going to analyze things on a day by day basis."

Goss says about ten students had been suspended last week after a fight. Upon returning to school, one of those students was found with metal knuckles in his locker, and was arrested. But Goss says it’s not clear that that has any connection with the gun threat.

At Wiley Intermediate school, an 11-year old was found with a pellet gun, and a 10-year-old brought in a pocket knife. Goss says these were unrelated to the gun threat, and the school is handling these incidents.

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