A Chicopee Comprehensive High School student faces criminal charges after posting a threat to the school on Facebook.
An alarmed parent called the school Thursday morning after reading the following post:
The parent who alerted the school said they would not send their child to classes Thursday because they were afraid, according to Chicopee police.
A member of the school staff alerted police, who sent officers to the school.
“At the time, we didn’t know if the student was on the grounds or not,’’ said Officer Mike Wilk, public information officer for Chicopee police.
The 16-year-old student was not yet at school, so students were not evacuated or put on lockdown, Wilk said. Police then went to the student’s home, where they found him and brought him to the station for questioning. Because of the student’s age, police will not release his name. The student has been banned from school grounds and faces the felony charge of making “threats causing evacuation or disruption of a school.’’
No matter the suspect’s motive, police are taking a hard stance.
“It’s a school, it’s a learning place, it’s not somewhere for you to vent and cause chaos,’’ said Wilk. “There’s a line. And you can’t cross that line. Any type of threat towards our school or our officers or our school staff or students, we take extremely seriously.’’
Wilk praised the parent for alerting officials.
“If you see something, say something,’’ said Wilk. “Absolutely come forward. We can’t see everything.’’