Police step up their presence near Boston Children’s after a bomb threat

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Police are investigating a threat at Boston Children’s Hospital

Police are investigating after Boston Children’s Hospital received a threat on Friday. The hospital received the threat just after 11:30 a.m. and police are taking extra precautions in the area, officials said. The exact nature of the threat was not disclosed and the incident is still being investigated. The threat against Boston Children’s Hospital follows recent threats of violence against doctors and other staff over the hospital’s surgical program for transgender youth. “We are working to understand the full details of this situation, however any threats of violence against our staff, doctors or patients – and the hate speech inciting these types of acts – must be fully addressed by law enforcement,” hospital officials said a statement on Friday afternoon. “We are deeply relieved that no bomb was found at the scene, but this type of extremist behavior must end and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms. We work with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and outside experts to hold accountable those who threaten our providers and patients. The safety of our staff, our patients and their families remains our top priority and we have taken additional safety measures to continue our life-saving healthcare. We will do everything we can to ensure our people are protected and that those responsible for these threats are brought to justice.” On August 30, the hospital was the target of an anonymous bomb threat that resulted in a heavy police presence and the closure of roads enforced in the area. After an investigation, no bomb was found. Boston Children’s is home to the first US transgender health program for children and youth. It came under the spotlight of far-right social media accounts, news outlets and bloggers after they found informational videos published by the hospital about surgical offerings for transgender patients. The hospital removed the videos and began cooperating with law enforcement. The critics cited the videos and excerpts from the previous language on the hospital’s website to allege that Boston Children’s Hospital improperly performed gender-affirming surgeries such as hysterectomies on minors and “young” children. The response was swift and unrelenting, with a spate of users calling for the hospital to be shut down, calling the surgeries “mutilation,” “barbarism,” and “child abuse,” while accusing their doctors of engaging in malpractice or illegal activity The hospital said it received “a large volume” of hostile online messages, phone calls and harassing emails, including threats of violence. The hospital then updated the language on its websites to emphasize that to qualify for most gender-affirming surgical procedures, patients must be at least 18 and meet certain criteria, including intensive medical and mental health evaluations and submission of letters of support.

Police are investigating after Boston Children’s Hospital received a threat on Friday.

The hospital received the threat just after 11:30 a.m. and police are taking extra precautions in the area, officials said.

The exact nature of the threat has not been released and the incident is under further investigation.

The threat against Boston Children’s Hospital follows recent threats of violence against doctors and other staff over the hospital’s surgical program for transgender youth.

“We are working to understand the full details of this situation, however any threats of violence against our staff, doctors or patients – and the hate speech inciting these types of acts – must be fully addressed by law enforcement,” hospital officials said a statement on Friday afternoon. “We are deeply relieved that no bomb was found at the scene, but this type of extremist behavior must end and we condemn in the strongest terms those who threaten our providers and patients. The safety of our staff, our patients and their families remains our top priority and we have taken additional safety measures to continue our life-saving healthcare. We will do everything we can to ensure our people are protected and that those responsible for these threats are brought to justice.”

On August 30, the hospital was the target of an anonymous bomb threat that drew a heavy police presence and forced the closure of roads in the area. After an investigation, no bomb was found.

Boston Children’s is home to the first transgender health program for children and youth in the United States. It came under the spotlight of far-right social media accounts, news outlets and bloggers after they found informational videos published by the hospital about surgical offerings for transgender patients. The hospital removed the videos and began cooperating with law enforcement.

The critics cited the videos and excerpts from the previous language on the hospital’s website to allege that Boston Children’s Hospital improperly performed gender-affirming surgeries such as hysterectomies on minors and “young” children. The response was swift and unrelenting, with a spate of users calling for the hospital to be shut down, calling the surgeries “mutilation,” “barbarism,” and “child abuse,” while accusing the doctors of engaging in malpractice or illegal activities to have.

The hospital said it received “a large volume” of hostile online messages, phone calls and harassing emails, including threats of violence.

The hospital then updated the language on its websites to emphasize that patients must be at least 18 years of age and meet certain criteria to qualify for most gender-affirming surgical procedures, including intensive medical and mental health evaluations and submission of letters of support .

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