Student faces charges after alleged threat
STOUGHTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- A Stoughton High student is facing multiple charges for allegedly planning a school shooting.
Police arrested 18-year-old Sean Ivaldi after a teacher found a notebook containing threats. The threats, which were apparently written back in August, targeted specific employees and students.
“On the 13th [of April] a teacher came across a notebook that had some disturbing plans. They were of such a concerning nature to us that we felt we had to take legal action,” said Exec. Officer Robert Devine of the Stoughton Police Department.
Police say Ivaldi was immediately removed from the school and later arrested. Police say he apparently wrote in the notebook last summer that he wanted to shoot these people. He allegedly assigned point values next to each targeted name.
“He said that he was in a dark place when he made the writings, but he didn’t feel he was going to act on it. Again it’s not something that we can take the chance on,” said Devine.
According to a report, Ivaldi told officers he didn't plan to actually go through with any shooting and did not have access to a gun.
“He’s a very nice guy. I’m actually surprised he had a notebook like that,” said Scott Lebbossiere, a student.
Students who know Ivaldi say they just want him to be okay.
Students and parents say the school and police did the right thing.
“After all the stuff that’s happened -- Columbine and all these other different events -- you never know what can happen,” one student said. “You never know what people are capable of anymore.”
Stoughton high posted a letter to students and their families members on the school's website. It states, in part:
“The administration followed standard safety protocol. The student was removed from the high school by administration and Stoughton Police without incident. Those mentioned specifically in the writing were contacted immediately. Students and staff at SHS were never in any danger, and the incident is being handled by the proper authorities at this point.”
The student was arraigned in court and held pending a dangerousness hearing.
He is charged with four counts of threats to commit a crime, terroristic threats, and disturbing a school assembly.
7News attempted to reach out to the suspect and his family, but the efforts were unsuccessful.