CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) -Another threat involving gun violence has impacted a school in western Massachusetts.
A 12-year-old girl is facing a felony charge after threatening to to shoot 32 students and 13 teachers at DuPont Middle School in Chicopee on the social media app Snapchat. The girl said that it was in retaliation for being bullied.
Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News the girl was a former student at DuPont, but had recently moved to Springfield.
Chicopee police detectives located the girl Sunday night and interviewed her at the police department before placing her under arrest.
The school had extra police officers on patrol Monday following the incident, but some parents kept their children home out of fear.
Wilk said the girl admitted the threat was a hoax, but that they are still taking the incident very seriously. There are extra police officers at the middle school Monday to reassure students, staff, and parents that everything is safe, he said.
Wilk said someone who commits this type of crime could face anywhere from three to 20 years in prison and be fined.*Chicopee police have corrected the girl’s age to 12 years-old.