NSBORO Schools responds to Northborough shooting

I’m sure most readers have heard by now that there was a shooting at a large party in Northborough early Sunday morning that resulted in the death of a Bellingham teenager and additional non-life threatening injuries.

According to Algonquin’s administration, none of the suspects or victims are from Northborough or Southborough.

ARHS Principal Sean Bevan’s message to parents indicates the party appeared to be unrelated to Algonquin students, but assured that the administration is working to find out if any students were “involved”.

For those of you don’t receive the Northborough-Southborough Public School messages, I’m sharing the messages from the Superintendent and Principal:

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s),

The Northborough Police Department shared information with Mr. Sean Bevan, Algonquin Regional High School Principal, and me regarding a house party in Northborough over the weekend where a Bellingham, Massachusetts 16-year-old was shot and killed. Principal Bevan sent an email to ARHS families yesterday afternoon communicating what we know. I want to thank the Northborough Police Department and mutual aid for their response to this incident and for keeping the District updated.

Gregory L. Martineau
Superintendent of Schools

Dear ARHS families,

I hope this message finds you safe and well. I am reaching out to provide information regarding an incident that occurred over the weekend and which was covered widely by local news outlets.

Shortly after 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, police were called to a Northborough address in response to a house party involving more than 300 individuals. As they were arriving, officers heard gunfire and entered the residence. First responders provided aid to shooting victims, including a 16-year-old male resident of Bellingham, who later died from his injuries, A second victim, a 17-year-old male, was also injured in the shooting, and at least two others received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. Three adults have been arrested on firearm-related charges in connection with the incident. Of the victims and those facing firearms charges, none are residents of Northborough or Southborough.

At this time, we are aware that the property where the party took place has been rented in the past and that the party was widely promoted ahead of time in communities outside of Northborough. The incident is currently under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police and the Northborough Police Department.

I want to assure you that both the superintendent and I are collaborating closely with Northborough Police Chief Brian Griffin and Detective Stephen Sullivan, who is our School Resource Office, to gather information and determine if any ARHS students were involved in the party. At this time, though this event was frightening and upsetting, our partners in the Northborough Police Department indicate that it does not represent a threat to our students or families.

I will keep you and the rest of our school community informed of any further developments that may arise that impact our school and students.

Sean Bevan
Principal, Algonquin Regional High School

For those of you who hadn’t heard of the story, you can find more details in news stories by Worcester Telegram, Community Advocate, NBC10, and MassLive among others.

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