Dear Natick Community:
I write this afternoon to inform you of an incident that occurred this afternoon at Natick High School that threatened our sense of safety and community.
An individual (not affiliated with Natick High School) drove through the front loop of campus shouting profanity, threats, and racial slurs. As the individual sped off onto West Street, he showed what appeared to be a firearm, paintball gun or airsoft rifle and reportedly fired three shots into the air in the direction of the school. The item was later confirmed to be a large paintball rifle.
Thankfully, no one was physically harmed in the incident. The Natick Police Department responded immediately and worked in partnership with Natick High School to secure the area and quickly deemed the school safe for after-school activities. The Natick Police found evidence of three paintball shots at the scene.
The suspect was detained offsite and taken into custody.
We want to assure students, parents, staff and members of the community that safety is always our top priority. We also want to restate our values as an inclusive community that condemns all acts of hostility, racism and violence.
We have no tolerance for racism or bigotry of any kind. We will address this incident and restate our core values tomorrow and every day at Natick High School.
As a constant reminder of our district’s core values and education program on these matters, please visit our
section of the Natick Schools website.
We want to thank and commend the Natick High School students who witnessed the incident and the Natick Police for their professional and thorough response.
We live and work in a great community that truly cares and supports one another.