Solomon Schechter School Closes After Bomb Threat

Photo courtesy of Matt Stone of the Boston Herald

Lucy Kim
News Reporter

In the morning of March 7, three Jewish Institutions in the Boston area were all evacuated due to bomb threats including the Solomon Schechter Day School in Newton, the MetroWest Jewish Day School in Framingham, and the headquarters of the New England Anti-Defamation League in Boston.

A staff member at the MetroWest School received a call at 9:46 a.m. claiming that there was a pressure-cooker device located somewhere in the building.

After an extensive search, the Framingham police and fire departments found no explosive devices anywhere in or around the building.

Similarly, Newton Police received a comparable call from Solomon Schechter at around 9:50 a.m. but no bombs were found in or near this building as well.

Junior Rebecca Levy, a former student at Solomon Schechter, heard about the bomb threat from a friend that morning.

“I heard about the bomb threat as it happened through texts from friends that still have siblings there,” Levy said. “I was pretty shocked to hear that my old school had a bomb threat.”

In response to the threat, Solomon Schechter Day School’s lower school campus evacuated all students from kindergarten through third grade to a secure location as Levy claims.

These bomb threats are additions to the string of threats made against Jewish schools and community centers across the country since January. However, for South students including Levy, the March 7 threats affected them the most personally.

“I had recently heard about threats to Jewish Community Centers around the US, but it hadn’t hit so close to home until the other day,” Levy said.