NEW LONDON — On Friday, Aug. 9, the New London Police Department was given information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation of a possible threat to life that was made over social media.
The post was made by a subject identified as Benjamin Schultz, 20 of New London, a police department press release stated.
Schultz is alleged to have created and posted the image of an adult male holding what appeared to be a firearm pointed at the camera with the caption: “You better not go to school tomorrow”.
Schultz was ultimately arrested on Thursday, Aug. 22 and charged with one count of Criminal Threatening. This charge of Criminal Threatening is a Class A , misdemeanor and is subject to a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
Schultz was arraigned on Friday, Aug. 23 at the 5th Circuit, District Division, Newport Court. He was ordered to be held at the Merrimack County Department of Corrections pending further hearing on Monday, Aug. 26.
At Monday’s court hearing Schultz was ordered to remain in custody until a mental health evaluation is performed
The case was investigated by the New London Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Merrimack County Attorney’s Office.
Superintendent of Schools Winfried Feneberg reported that the leadership of the Kearsarge Regional School District was notified Friday that a former student of the school district has been arrested by New London Police after he allegedly posted a threatening social media message toward the school district.
According to police, the 20-year-old male suspect was arrested on Thursday, after the FBI forwarded police information that the suspect allegedly posted an image of himself online on Aug. 9 holding what appeared to be a firearm warning students not to go to school "tomorrow." The message did not specifically mention the Kearsarge Regional School District, but is believed to have originated from the suspect's home in New London.
Classes begin on Tuesday Aug. 27 at Kearsarge. Police and school officials take all threats against the school community seriously.
Superintendent Feneberg has been in contact with New London Police Chief Edward Anderson and Sutton Police Chief Jonathan Korbet. At this time, there is not believed to be any danger to the community. Out of an abundance of caution, students, faculty and staff will notice an increased police presence at the schools when classes begin next week.
"The safety and security of our students and employees is paramount, and we take all threats seriously," Superintendent Feneberg said. "While we do not believe there is an active danger, we will take all precautions to ensure safety during the start of the school year."
Anyone with concerns or questions is always invited to contact the district by calling (603) 526-2051.