Bevilacqua Seeks to Boost High School Security Tuesday Following Alleged Gun Incident

Haverhill City Councilor Joseph J. Bevilacqua. (WHAV News file photograph by Jay Saulnier)

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Councilor Joseph J. Bevilacqua plans to push for metal detectors and security officials at Haverhill High School entryways to address rising security concerns.

This ask is due to the July 29 incident when a summer school student allegedly brought a gun to the Monument Street building.

Aside from these security checkpoints, the councilor also shared with WHAV that he plans to request all doors to the school stay locked from the outside during school hours in an effort to keep out potential intruders.

Though there were no shots fired at Haverhill High last week, gun safety in schools has been moved to the top of the docket for some city leadership. Said Bevilacqua, “We are doing everything we can to ensure school safety.”

Hundreds of students were in the school at the time the student brought the gun in, according to School spokesman Shawn Regan. As WHAV previously reported, the Haverhill police chased down the 16-year-old after being called to the scene when staff saw the student with the gun. Class E drugs were found in the teen’s possession. The teen was arraigned at Lawrence Juvenile Court July 30.

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