Extra police officers sent to Holyoke High School after social media threat

Hampden County

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Additional police officers were on duty at Holyoke High School Wednesday ‘out of an abundance of caution,’ following a threat that was made over social media.

Holyoke Police Lt. James Albert told 22News it has to do with an ongoing dispute between Springfield and Holyoke students.

Parents were made aware of the threat Monday night via a robocall and the email below:

Dear Holyoke High School Families,

We are contacting you this evening in response to community concerns about an unsubstantiated post on social media referencing a potential threat directed at Holyoke High School for Wednesday.    

We have been working closely with the Holyoke Police Department since receiving this information and we believe that the threat is related to an out of school conflict between a small number of Holyoke High students and students from Springfield. 

Out of an abundance of caution and for the reassurance of students, staff and parents, we will have additional police presence at Holyoke High School tomorrow and Wednesday. 

As always, the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority.  Please do not hesitate to contact the Holyoke Police Department or Holyoke High School if you have any questions. 

Sincerely,
Dr. Stephen Mahoney
Executive Principal Holyoke High School

Albert told 22News police are aware of a Snapchat message that read: ” ysl wants to shoot up holyoke high on wednesday so tell your friends to be careful and you be careful too,” but he could not confirm whether that is the message that alerted the school/police to the potential threat.

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