Wayside Apologies To Community; Makes $500 Donation To Walsh Middle

FRAMINGHAM – Early this morning, police blocked parents, students, and staff access to Walsh Middle School after principal Patrick Johnson discovered a couple of suspicious packages on the school property.

The Massachusetts State Police bomb squad was called to investigate and determined the boxes were not a threat, said Framingham Police.

It was later determined the boxes were left over from the 5K4Kids, sponsored by Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, who ran its 5K and festival at the school on Saturday.

Just before 9 a.m. the Framingham Public Schools released a statement, which you can read, by clicking here.

Late this morning, Wayside apologies to the community, and said it would make a $500 donation to Walsh Middle School.

“Like you, we were concerned to learn of a suspicious-looking package on Walsh school grounds.  In conversation with the maintenance staff at the school, we determined that the package was actually a box left over from a Wayside event at the school this weekend. We extend our apologies to the school community for both the disruption and worry this incident  caused to students, parents and teachers,” said Wayside Youth & Family Support Network Director of Development and Communications Marisa Rowe.

“While we worked hard to remove everything post-event, clearly a box was left behind. Wayside is so grateful to the school department for allowing us to hold this community event which raises funds for at-risk children, young adults and families. Going forward, we pledge to take every step to ensure this doesn’t happen again,” said Rowe.

Rowe said Wayside would be “donating $500 to the Walsh Middle School PTSA.”

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

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