Two More Methuen Students Arrested for Threatening to Shoot Up Another School

By: Tom Duggan – Oct. 23, 2015|7pm

Tenney_Grammar_SchoolFor the second time in two days, Methuen Public School students have been arrested for threatening to shoot up a school and kill other kids. (High School Student Arrested). This time it was two 8th grade students at the Tenney Middle School.

Methuen police say they arrested the 8th grade males at the Tenney School around 3:30Pm. They received the notice by school officials around 2pm. Officials say that the students were arrested for making threatening statements to two other students, telling them not to come to school on Monday, because they were coming back to shoot up the school. 

School officials also told The Valley Patriot on Friday afternoon that the suspects had routinely made “troubling” statements, but had never made any specific threats until now. The Valley Patriot confirmed that the two students were “obsessed with mass shootings” and had talked about the arrest of a Methuen High School student the previous Monday.

Methuen Police are waiting on a warrant to search the two student’s homes on Friday night. One of the students was released to his parents after arrest. The other student is being held in a secure facility by the State Department of Youth Services. 

Methuen Police Chief Joe Solomon told The Valley Patriot in an exclusive interview Friday evening, that he and his department take these incidents very seriously.

solomon-PC“Children need to think twice about this kind of activity. Whether you really intend to shoot up a school, or you are trying to be a copycat for attention, or you are just fooling around, you are going to get arrested and you are going to be charged. I do want to credit the training our police officers and school officials have had. We started a big push last year that if you see something, you need to say something. It has absolutely paid off, because this is the third time students have come forward and prevented the potential loss of life. 


scannellDespite being criticized for lack of transparency over the high school incident on Monday, the Methuen Public Schools sent out a recorded phone call on late Friday evening saying that two students were arrested by the Methuen Police due to “an incident” they talked about on Monday. The call made parents believe that the schools were talking about the previous Monday and was related to the previous incident. It was not. 

The call, recorded by Mary Beth Donovan, never mentioned that the students had threatened to kill other students, or shoot up the school, instead eagerly encouraging students and parents to attend a festival at the Tenney School on Friday evening. 

Parents calling The Valley Patriot said they were “tired of the cover ups” by the Methuen school system and that the school department purposely tried to “downplay the incident” and the threats to their kids. One parent said that the message she received through the school’s “Connect-Ed” calling system was “vague and had purposely dismissive language”.

The Valley Patriot received more then 30 calls during Friday afternoon from parents and students, but never received a call or email from the Superintendent of Schools Judy Scannell. 

(UPDATED 10-24-15) Police Chief Solomon issued a press release early Saturday morning confirming the Valley Patriot’s story.PRESS RELEASE 

17 Responses to "Two More Methuen Students Arrested for Threatening to Shoot Up Another School"

  1. Amanda soucy   October 23, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    As a new parent with a 1st grader at the tenney school district I am beyond furious to not have received any type of phone call alerting me of the possible danger my child was in. We have three phone lines and not one was contacted. Methuen public schools clearly need to prioritize the issues that are happening within the district.

  2. steve   October 23, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    If teens don’t want to learn and are their to hang out it is time to get rid of them I don’t want my son being disrupted by negetive influences ,methuen schools are not for baby sitting, we home owners are not here paying taxes for a baby sitting servise , I can go into a school by observing and talking to teaches which kid s are being disruptive , I will have this task done within a week, let’s get with it supertendent and school board schools dictate property value and right now we are slipping badly,just watch the good families move out , let’s face it high schools are mainly for kids looking towards college ,if they want a get go take a test , but if you see kids that are not focused for college ,come on guide ne counselors redirect the kid towards a trade school or a charter school, come friend us on Facebook at methuen citizen input

  3. Angry parent   October 23, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    Maybe it’s time that we as the parents of these children, take this to the media. The lack of communication and the dismissive behavior of methuen school representatives is getting to be a major concern. There have been way to many incidents that seem to be downplayed and covered up. My biggest concern is the safety of our children. That is what the main priority should be and unfortunately the Methuen School System has shown us otherwise.

  4. Anonymous   October 23, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    And how in fact did the valley patriot “confirm” that these student were obsessed with mass shootings? Did you speak to the minors yourselves?

  5. Janeen Alley   October 23, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    This is beyond ridiculous. How many more of this type of behavior is it going to take? How come did we not have these shootings when George W. Bush was president? But we have a lawless president and the entire country is going to hell! I believe Clinton was president when the Columbine School massacre happened. When are the people going to understand that gun-free zones are killing zones? WAKE UP AMERICA, SOCIALISM has moved in!

    • John   October 25, 2015 at 9:28 AM

      Wow this comment is completely ignorant and completely untrue. Do you really think that America didn’t have school shootings when George Bush was president? People like you make me worry for the future of this country. GUN-FREE ZONES are not killing zones.

    • Anon   October 30, 2015 at 11:51 PM

      You do reaize that a lot of the failure of these school systems and the increased stress felt by students is because of George Bush. Its because of mixed class rooms. Also you want armed guards at each middle school? How stupid is that? How about no guns in reach of kids.

  6. Michelle Lehoux   October 23, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    First off, the Valley Patriot is a rag…. second, my heart cries for for these kids.
    Talk about a cry for help…
    Where are the parents?

    • Lauren Cogswell   October 24, 2015 at 7:53 AM

      Then don’the read it

  7. anonymous   October 24, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    I do believe that the routine way in which students are not being held responsible for their actions emboldens them to further push the envelope. Regularly the discipline that should occur results in a friendly chat and yet another chance given to the students. It is a system of enabling them and thus weakening them and our system. Teachers are heavily disciplined for minor minor verbal infractions of raising a voice or given detentions which a student might not “FEEL” is warranted, but the students get away with murder as the old expression goes…and they all know it. So in the end, the inmates are running the asylum. Discipline the students, give them and the parents options for treatment programs and counseling and get them on an action plan of doing x, y, z to deserve to come back into the system. Bad apples ruining it for the teachers and kids who want to get to task.

  8. Bobby   October 24, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    I do not think that the children at the tenney grammar school or any methuen school should be going to school on Monday because of this matter I don’t feel like the Tenney grammar school is safe for the children anymore my child had gone to the guidance counselors many times because of this matter and involving School shooting and nothing has happened I’m glad a student finally said something about this matter!!

    • tara mendez   November 14, 2015 at 10:20 AM

      My duaghter got suspended. For no reason but she was bullied by this kid named eddy and he told brianna that hes gona kill her he should have been able to stay he continues to attend school thats there way of hiding whats going on

  9. Jack   October 24, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    These troubled kids are “mainstreamed” into classes meaning that the LAW is that they attend the same classes as your little johnny or Susie who may not have any “behavioral issues” so to speak. If you want to change things, VOTE for different people who are just as disgusted and tell them to change the law ! Stand up and take your schools back.

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  11. Ace   October 25, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Donovan and Scanell have shown incompetence since long before they were promoted to their current positions. There is an old click in Methuen with these hags as leaders, they run good teachers out. They need to go. The Methuen school district needs a fresh start.

  12. tara mendez   November 14, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    The methuen schools suck the dean dont even care my daughter went to those schools and this kid eddy that was harrassing and bullying my daughter and that kid got away with what he did threatning to kill my daugbter. And she got suspended now she goes to a different school and she made high honors. There not listening to these kids they dont care.

  13. Kevin   March 1, 2018 at 5:27 PM

    Any follow up to this story? What happened to the kids? Were they allowed back in the school? Are they in the high school now?