ATTLEBORO — Tuesday was the last day of school in Attleboro, but there will still be instruction at Attleboro High for the next two weeks until it is scheduled to be torn down.
A number of law enforcement agencies will use the school for training.
Much of that will involve door break-ins, according to criminal justice professor Tobey Reed, who has worked at the Attleboro school department for 23 years.
The only exception is the Attleboro Police Department, which will undergo active shooter training, he said.
Reed said he had an FBI agent for one of his classes and mentioned that the school was closing and had to be razed.
This piqued the agent’s interest and the agent asked if AHS could be used for training before it was demolished.
Reed contacted facilities manager Jason Parenteau and the training sessions were arranged.
“We would like to train somewhere where we don’t have to worry about breaking things,” Reed recalled, telling the agent.
Reed then approached other agencies to see if they wanted to use the building as well, and a number did, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, State Police, and Attleboro Police.
Reed said he divided the building so that each law enforcement agency had its own area.
State Police will be in high school on Monday, Homeland Security on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the FBI on Friday.
It’s unclear which agencies will allow the photos, but Reed said the FBI won’t. He said they are “super secret”. Reed asked if he and others could watch, but was told “no”.
“They don’t want anyone to see what they’re doing,” he said.
On the Tuesday after Independence Day, the Attleboro Police Department is scheduled to hold active shooter training.
And on Wednesday, the Metro-Law Enforcement Council will use the school for SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) training.
And finally on Friday, the Mass Police Training Council will use the building to teach doorbreaking, Reed said.
This will be the last teaching and learning hurray for the 60-year-old school.
“People will learn here until the last minute,” Reed said.
Reed has been teaching Criminal Justice, which is part of the Career and Technical Education curriculum, since 2017, when she was established.
Before that, he was a professor of social sciences.
George W Rhodes can be reached at 508-236-0432.