Gloucester Police Department Responds to ‘Swatting’ Call at Gloucester High School

Chief Edward Conley reports that the Gloucester Police Department responded to an alleged act of “swatting” that briefly interrupted classes at Gloucester High School. 

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 12:25 p.m., Gloucester Police Department received a 911 call claiming that there was an active shooter on the High School campus.

School Resource Officer Mike Scolawho is staffed at Gloucester High School, responded immediately, asdid members of the Gloucester Police and Fire Departments.

The school immediately ordered a shelter in place, in accordance with established policies and procedures. 

Officers searched the building and grounds extensively to ensure no unauthorized individuals were on campus. Police quickly determined the call was one of numerous swatting incidents that have occurred statewide since Monday. Classes returned to normal by 12:56 p.m.

“We take all emergency calls seriously, but hoax calls such as a swatting tie up resources that could be responding to other crises,” said Chief Conley. “We as a Department train for these types of responses, and are pleased that our officers utilized their training and followed emergency procedures.”

“I’m very appreciative of how seriously our staff, students, and school leaders responded today,” said Superintendent Ben Lummis. “Even though people were anxious, they followed our emergency protocols throughout the police search. I also extend our thanks to the Gloucester Police Department for their quick response to ensure there was no threat. Our staff will provide additional support to any students or colleagues who need it as a result of this incident.”

The incident is known to be one of more than a dozen swatting incidents that have occurred around the state and region since Monday. 

“While I am relieved that today was just a scare, I am disheartened that our students, staff, and their families had to experience this unfortunate incident,” said Mayor Verga. “I want to thank Gloucester Police and Gloucester Fire for their quick response and professionalism, and appreciate their ongoing collaboration with Gloucester Public Schools to ensure the safety of our schoolchildren.”

“Swatting,” according to Oxford Language is “the action or practice of making a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address.” The phrase entered the dictionary in 2015 and has been recognized as a criminal phenomenon by the FBI since at least 2008. 

While there is no indication of any ongoing threat to the school community, Gloucester Police remained at the high school through dismissal. 

The incident remains under investigation by Gloucester Police. Gloucester Police have been in communication with state and federal law enforcement, which are investigating a series of incidents targeting communities around the Commonwealth this week.

Tonight’s The Night~The $2,500 Singer -Songwriter Challenge begins 7-9:30pm 2.15.2023 @ Machaca Gloucester 14 Rogers Street. Gloucester, MA

Wednesday February 15th 2023@ 14 Rogers Street . Machaca Gloucester, MA

We are filling up our preliminary slots for the first 7 weeks of the challenge. If you’re interested in a slot, please reach out. If you already have and you haven’t heard back, you will in the next day or so! go here>

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pictures from April 2019 $1,000 Singer songwriter Challenge

The winners are…1st place Prateek Poddar

2nd place April Cushman

3rd place The Missouri Pacific

— with Chris Langathianos at Machaca Gloucester.


Tony Goddess…Meg Griffin… Andrew a Govatsos

William Haskell House Tour

I took advantage of an opportunity offered by the William Haskell House and the Gloucester 400 to participate in a guided tour of the historic William Haskell House on Lincoln Street in Gloucester last Sunday. It was VERY interesting. It was a lovely spring-like day and our guide Vijay took 5 of us who had signed up previously on a 1 hour tour of the house and grounds. He stated he was doing 6 tours that day and they were all filled up. It was a “pay what you wish” event so no money was paid until you decided what you’d like to give. It was well worth the donation and the time. If you have any interest in Gloucester history or house history, I think this is the tour you want. It’s the most complete replication of a house from 1680s you can hope to experience. The donations collected will go toward further restoration. It is advertised as a lodging and Vijay told us they are considering hosting events as well. Well worth checking out! We were transported straight back to the early days of Gloucester and it was fascinating.

Sawyer Free Library: Conversations with Award Winning Authors in February

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The Sawyer Free Library is please to present talks with bestselling authors in partnership with the Library Speakers Consortium. To register for these upcoming virtual events, visit

Tastes Like War: An Author Talk with Grace M. Cho

Thursday, February 16, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

An insightful chat with award-winning author Grace M. Cho who discusses her memoir, Tastes Like War: Part food memoir, part sociological investigation. 

Grace M. Cho grew up as the daughter of a white American merchant marine and the Korean bar hostess he met abroad. They were one of few immigrants in a xenophobic small town during the Cold War, where identity was politicized by everyday details—language, cultural references, memories, and food. When Grace was fifteen, her dynamic mother experienced the onset of schizophrenia, a condition that would continue and evolve for the rest of her life.

Part food memoir, part sociological investigation,

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