Weymouth: Second grade student brings inert hand grenade to school

If it was meant as show-and-tell, a second-grade girl picked the wrong prop to bring into a Weymouth School Thursday morning.

Weymouth Police say that at around 9:18 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to the Frederick Murphy School at 417 Front Street for a report of a “hand grenade” brought to school by a student.

Weymouth School Superintendent Kenneth Salim says that as soon as school officials saw the grenade they realized that it was an artifact, not a live explosive, but they immediately contacted police.

“We wanted to be absolutely cautious in this situation so they removed the artifact from the building and the Weymouth and State Police responded right away and removed it from the property,” said Salim.

The State Police Bomb Squad was called to the scene, where they verified the device was harmless, and removed it.

Salim says they are still investigating why and how the student ended up bringing the grenade to school. He says they are still speaking with the student and her family but he believes there was no malicious intent behind the act.

“That’s our understanding right now, but of course anything of this nature is very serious. So, we’re taking the appropriate procedures and following those at this time,” says Salim.

Salim says there was never any danger to Weymouth Murphy School students or staff, and the rest of the day was business as usual today.

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