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Stoneham Superintendent Fails To Alert Parents After Level 1 Sex Offender Under FBI Surveillance For Terrorism And Threats To Harm Children Shows Up Armed At Elementary School


Parents in Stoneham were outraged this week when they found out on a Channel 7 News report that a man with more than one knife had been arrested on school grounds at South Elementary School last Thursday. The school district did not notify parents about the obvious safety concern. Public outcry prompted Superintendent David Ljungberg to send this email out to parents yesterday.

As you can see, Ljungberg did not mention anything about the fact that the man having a mental health crisis was armed and dangerous on school grounds. Obviously this was not a sufficient response, which led to more public outcry from parents. Ljungberg then sent another email apologizing for not alerting parents when this happened a week ago, while claiming that no member of the community was in danger.

Ljungberg didn’t mention the name of the armed man having a mental health crisis during school hours on school grounds, and also failed to mention that James McCarty is a Level 1 sex offender.

In 2011 he was charged with disseminating kiddie porn.

According to the police report the Principal who called police described McCarty as a “threat to his and the school’s safety,” after McCarty refused to leave school grounds and walked towards him while ranting about FBI intelligence and vampires.

He fled school property when police arrived, leading to a chase before he was apprehended. He had at least 4 knives on him, and when police asked him why he was on an elementary school grounds, he said “you will find out,” and “I wanted to get all the cops here.”

McCarty is well known to Stoneham Police and they are aware of this mental health issues. He is in fact under FBI surveillance due to “concerning emails to businesses.”

To say the emails are concerning is an understatement. The day after he was arrested he was charged with making bomb threats, and then four days later he was charged with stalking.

On March 20, the day before McCarty was arrested outside of South Elementary School, a FBI agent from the Joint Terrorism Task Force contacted Stoneham Police about threats that McCarty was making to people outside of Massachusetts.

McCarty believes a company in Michigan called is responsible for him hearing voices. He frequently references the “Temple of the Vampire,” and his threats have recently escalated.

The FBI agent provided Stoneham Police with numerous emails McCarty sent to the COO of Cyronics, Andy Zawacki. The threats, which included voicemails and emails, began in 2022. .

To say the 17 voicemails are disturbing is an understatement. He threatened to kill Zawacki several times, masturbate to his dead daughter, rape his daughter, as well as rape the wives and children of all Cyronics employees.

He also threatened to kill anyone in the FBI or State Police who tried to stop him, and claimed that the Temple of Vampire did this to him because of child pornography. He said he was going to be the “biggest baddest pedophile,” claimed to have made “so much kiddie porn in the last 3 months it will make you cry,” said that he masturbates to “so much kiddie porn every day it will make your mind f***ing melt,” and said he would rape little kids. He also said that there would be “so much blood running in the f***ing streets,” and referenced a picture of a dead girl that he emailed Zawacki.

Other voicemails threatened to harass and send death threats to family members of Cyronics employees, and send pictures of a girl he raped and killed. He also vowed to kill as many Stoneham cops as he could.

His voicemails continued to get more threatening as he claimed to have explosives in his house that he will use to blow up anyone who tries to stop him.

His final voicemail threatened to rape Zawacki’s daughter “until she bleeds out her f***ing head you little bitch,” while bragging about the amount of kiddie porn he produces in Stoneham. He claimed to have raped several little girls.

Just to review:

  • A mentally ill Level 1 sex offender who brags about killing cops and raping children showed up armed with at least 4 knives at an elementary school in Stoneham.
  • The man refused to leave school grounds and threatened the principal.
  • Police arrested the man, then found out that he was being monitored by the FBI for threatening to murder and rape everyone associated with a company in Michigan who he believes put voices in his head, and claims to have explosives that he will use to “blow up” police.
  • The Superintendent became aware of this on March 21 and didn’t tell ANY parents about the issue.
  • Parents found out about it after a 7 News report, and the Superintendent responded by sending a generic email about a mentally ill man on school grounds that didn’t mention the fact that he was a Level 1 sex offender armed to the teeth, who routinely bragged about raping children.
  • The Superintendent claimed that the man simply “wandered into school grounds,” and was never a threat to anyone, despite the fact that the Principal reported to police that he was an immediate threat to him and everyone inside the school.

According to parents the school had to cancel recess for the kids as a result, so it’s hard to argue that McCarty wasn’t a threat to children.

This isn’t the first time Superintendent Ljungberg has come under fire for failing to alert parents about a potential child predator on school grounds. In 2022 we published a story about a middle school teacher in Stoneham named Richard Smyth, who had fled the state of Florida after losing his job there 30 years ago for making sexually inappropriate comments to students. Ljungberg responded to our reporting with an email to parents announcing that Smyth was placed on paid leave while under investigation.

The district ended up reaching an agreement to pay him through 2025. That’s quite the expensive oversight for the taxpayers.

Parents went to the School Committee meeting last night but were shut down Canton style.

I have no idea why Ljungberg wouldn’t alert parents about such a serious safety threat in their community, particularly due to McCarty’s mental health issues and obsession with kiddie porn. There’s no excuse for parents finding out about this on 7 News or Turtleboy, and the taxpayers of Stoneham deserve better leadership than this.


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      Three turtles decided to have a cup of coffee.
      Just as they got into the cafe, it started to rain.
      The biggest turtle said to the smallest one, “Go home and get the umbrella ”
      The little turtle replied ” I’ll, if you don’t drink my coffee “.
      “We won’t ” the other two promised.
      Two years later the big turtle said to the middle turtle, “well, i guess he isn’t coming back, so i think we can drink his coffee ”
      Just then a voice called from outside the door, “if you do, i won’t go”

  1. I am a native Bostonian and not sorry to say, not proud of it. I live in Florida now, the last state that’s still part of Free America. Every time someone asks where my “accent is from,” I cringe and reply, “up north.” When pressed I solemnly say, “Massachusetts.” Followed by, “I made it out, I’m not proud of it as it stands for everything that is destroying this great nation.”

    Believe it or not, Massachusetts is a laughingstock. I have lived in a few different states, well traveled. All the years and all the places I couldn’t understand why I’d get ridiculed when people found out where I was from. Then I got a little older, I’d like to think a little wiser.

    It’s all so clear now.

      1. That’s perfectly fine. I love living in Free America without all the Democrat Socialist Scumbags.
        By the way, what color mask ya wearing?
        Something tells me it’s rainbow 🌈

      1. Typical. 2 replies from mouthy assholes. Do better Massholes.

        However, I left to get away from Democrats.

      2. I have NO problem with money and I’m DYING to move to FLA where the police encourage you to shoot home invaders instead of importing them to hotels

        1. Lot less mouthy pricks down here because everyone knows everyone carries. Even lil ol’grandma .

          Free America.
          Fuck around and find out state.
          Democrats need not apply.

    1. That’s the maga influence we seem to think everyone but us is a pedofile, like I think your one and you think I’m one ect… this country is all pedofiles.

  2. Sounds like Stoneham voters need to get involved. Their kids are not safe and everyone knows it. The leadership is the reason why the kids aren’t safe. We live in an epidemic where schools are frequently targeted. These people should all count themselves lucky that very real threat didn’t actually harm anyone. They’re already in deep trouble and will lose their jobs after the people of the town mobilize and take action against their leadership to vote new leadership in with a mandate to solve these very real and very dangerous security threats.

    School boards and super intendants, should have been on notice for years now with how often schools are shot up. This failure is intolerable anywhere in this country. There will be consequences for this failure. A line has been crossed.

  3. YIKES… This guy needs to be sent away ASAP to a mental health facility. Those voicemails are crazy. He sounds like he’s going to snap at any minute.

    Why aren’t the police Pink Slipping him?

    1. That’s what happens when you shut down every single mental health full time facility’s. Yeah it was cruel an unusual but to who tho? Cruel to the people who have/will have committed atrocities? Same old adage, Kill 1 to save the rest even if the 1 is a 1yrold or 80yrold

      1. That’s part of it. Too many closures of hospitals and facilities that treated mental illness. But in this case, this person should not be roaming the streets. Clearly he is ramped up and dangerous. He needs to be evaluated ASAP.

  4. The inmates seem to be running yet another asylum of their own making… and local residents are captives to the whims of these tyrants! They retain their grip by employing all manner of shutting down and shutting OUT the very folks who pay their salaries.

  5. Ljungberg probably didn’t say anything because he buys his kiddie porn off the guy. Looks like the type.

  6. Wondering what the outcome was for another school predator, the former Holden principal you wrote about who kept kiddie porn pics on his phone. Somehow that story had no follow up and he still carries his state principal’s license. Did the whole thing just get dropped? Was that because he is related to one of Joe Early’s ADAs? It would be nice to know what the consequences were for that felony seeing he still lives in the backyard of the elementary school where he worked.

  7. The mental health and unholy desires of pedophiles is more important than the safety of students.

  8. Great journalism. Facts are being reported.

    Now. Back to reality.

    Why should this brazen cocksucker not care or fear for his job, pension and standard of living?? Nothing ever happens to the VAST majority of these degenerates and that’s not including the BS moniker of race, sex, gender (humans don’t have genders), or some other Orwellian new speak creation.

    If you think we just need to march on town hall and demand legal and moral justice I have a bridge to sell you in Dedham. It’s time for people to realize that “democracy” is not what they were made to believe it is and that rules apply to everyone but only those in the know can avoid these problems more than most and flex that power against everyone else.

    #FreeKarenRead, #FreeCanton9

  9. McCarty needs to be locked up in Bridgewater State Hospital! How many threats to kill, rape, etc does it take before law enforcement takes this guy off the streets and forces antipsychotics on him!

    Meatball Morrissey will lock up anyone with a Karen Read hat who dares cross the 500 foot off limits area around the courthouse …yet this psychotic pedophile has conversations with vampires, leaves threatening voice messages, has plans to rape and murder children….and he is as free as a bird!

  10. ARM THE F-ING GUARDS AT THE SCHOOLS… and every staff person that volunteers to carry concealed

  11. Did anyone get the Amber Alert that described the car thief/abductor as “male” with no skin color or description?

  12. Second issue he’s involved with concerning sexual predators, yet fails to inform the parents? Maybe it’s time an investigation into the Superintendent was started……after he’s put on ‘administrative leave’……

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  14. If the voice mails had begun going back to 2022 and they referenced killing and raping children, then why did the police wait so long to lock this guy up? Must we wait for the psycho to actually show up at the school with knifes before acting upon his claims? To me the superintendent is far less culpable than the police who were aware of this for years. Also why release personal information or “dox” one of the victims here. IE Andy Z seems to “Doxed” by the police and/or this website. Why? To what end?? Why would the police release such information and why would this sight include it?

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